The Metallic Crab Spider can mesmerize if would just stop moving long enough to see it.
The Metallic Crab Spider is a member of the Running Crab Spider family. They are long arachnids with skinny legs, and they are incredibly fast. This speed allows them to escape predators as well as catch fast-moving insects. Those long front legs are about the same length as the other legs however, so despite its name, it does not look like a crab as much as other species of Crab Spider.
This brown spider has an abdomen that is slightly darker than the rest of the body; almost rose gold in color. A shiny finish on the carapace and abdomen reflects light like precious metals. They can be found on tall grasses as well as the branches and leaves of trees and garden plants, or even roaming around on the ground.
Scientific Name: Philodromus marxi
Size (Adult; Length): 2mm to 11mm (0.08in to 0.43in)
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Legs: Spiders have four pairs of legs and these are attached to the cephalothorax.
Pedipalps: Small appendages near the mouth used as taste and smell organs.
Cephalothorax: Contains eyes, head, mouthparts, and legs.
Abdomen: Contains various organs related to digestion, reproduction, and web-making.
Spinnerets: Used in the production of spider silk for fashioning webs or catching prey.
NOTE: Unlike insects, spiders have both an endoskeleton (internal) and exoskeleton (external).