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Flower Crab Spider (Misumenoides sp.)


Crab spiders are incredibly cryptic as they sit patiently either on the flower head or beneath a petal, stealthily creeping up on their prey when an insect visits their flower.

Clicked in Yevoor. Thanks to Yuvraj Gurjar for spotting this one !

salticids form the largest family of spiders. They've good vision and use it for hunting and navigating. They are capable of jumping from place to place, secured by a silk tether, these highly agile jumpers and jump many times their body length in a single jump.

salticids have eight eyes arranged in three or four rows. The front, and most distinctive row is enlarged and forward facing to enable stereoscopic vision. The others are situated back on the cephalothorax. They do not spin web for prey capture. They use silk only for producing egg case and nest.


This POLTYS spider sits with its front four legs held over its face and rear four pressed tightly against its abdomen.It looks like the jagged end of a broken twig when it keeps still. The snaps of the spider showing different views....I was so excited to find this lil guy...Its length was about one inch


Location: HCU, Hyderabad, INDIA

This is a common spider in the leaves of garden plantsn forest shrubs. Female is pale yellowish coloured with two reddish brown longitudinal bands on the abdomen, whereas male(below) is characterised by a median white band on the abdomen bordered by black lateral bands and cephalothorax has white median central spots and lateral white bands. It makes its nest among leaves. This species is common in all the districts of Kerala.

Distribution outside Kerala : Gujarat, Bhutan, Sumatra, Singapore


The venusta orchard spider has really long legs. That's the second thing you see. The first is, of course, the colourful abdomen with the silver stripes.


Highest rank on Explore: #484

a preying series from this beautiful species of southindian flower crab spider. well camouflaged inside the flower, matches with the color of the host and waiting till the flies reach inside for nectar.


the female are large than the males which are very small n brownish n color. belongs to fmly: Thomisidae

another cute salticid staring @ the lens....

A very dedicated web surfer, I saw this spider put up a net through two successive sweltering monsoon afternoons in Lonavala. By late afternoon it would have a completed web, and sit in the middle of it. A few hours later the skies would open up and wash off the web. The next afternoon the cycle would start again.


Until I decided to annotate this photo I had no idea that spider taxonomy was so complicated. Mean and pinchy helps out with the information that this is an orb weaver. Thanks.

the resident flower crab spider with a fresh n big bee lunch!! The female has a little baby seen here as a brown cutee and i was not knowing about her date of birth :(.....

facts : sc. name: Misumenoides formosipes (redbanded crab spider)

fmly: Araneae: Thomisidae

Flower Crab spiders have two pairs of legs projecting forward. This gives them a crab-like appearance and thus the name. Some crab spiders are yellow or white and sit up on flowers where they wait for prey

Oxyopes birmanicus fmly: oxyopidae


commonly found n shrubs in gardens and secondary forests.

They have keen eyesight and are agile hunters during the day, deftly leaping and running on low shrubs in active pursuit of their prey. They are easily recognised by their eye arrangement in which six of the eight eyes form a hexagon. Their long legs are armed with nearly erect spines. They are capable of running very fast and jump on their prey like a cat. This is why their common name is lynx spider. They do not make a web but activily hunt their prey.

Although their eyesight is not as good as that of the jumping spiders they can see their prey from a distance of up to 10 centimeters. They have two large front eyes besides a smaller pair, two on the side of their head and two large ones looking above and backward giving them an almost 360 degree view

Oxyopes quadrifasciatus

ooops another pretty crab spider n white outfit. This beauty already trapped her prey ( seen below - green fly) and kept it safely for lunch and was enjoying the golden rays of sun (which is rare during these days)

20th August 2006 @ Namdapha Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pardesh, India

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