Crab Spider (Mecaphesa spp.)
Detailing the identifying qualities of the Crab Spider, including physical features and territorial reach.
Updated: 8/24/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
With long, outstretched front legs, Crab Spiders bear a resemblance to their crustacean cousins though they don't always walk sideways.
Crab Spiders are commonly seen in flowers where they wait for insects to wander by. Fast and agile, the Crab Spider can capture a fly, bee, or beetle and inject venom to paralyze it. Strong jaws help Crab Spiders secure a meal and their strong legs carry it back to a retreat for consumption. The species of Crab Spiders in the Mecaphesa genus have tiny hairs protruding from the head, legs, and body. Look for them on flowers, under petals or on adjacent leaves.