08.30.2020-2 “Ooh somebody, ooh somebody. Can anybody find me somebody to hug?”

With apologies to Freddie.

In between showers I found this lonely White-banded Crab Spider-Misumenoides formosipes longingly waiting for somebody, anybody to hug. Unfortunately for this fly, the spider wanted more than a hug.


No longer lonely…or hungry

Crab spiders kill by biting and injecting a poison into their prey. Then they suck them dry.Β  Sounds horrid but that’s nature. No hard feelings.

How is this different from a Goldenrod Crab Spider-Misumena vatia? The white line or band behind the eyes is one notable difference. The spider is on a Kalanchoe that is almost blooming.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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42 Responses to 08.30.2020-2 “Ooh somebody, ooh somebody. Can anybody find me somebody to hug?”

  1. That spider has some red-ink Rorschach patterns on its abdomen.

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  2. Todd Henson says:

    Whoa! It is just nature being nature, and I accept that. But I may still have nightmares tonight! πŸ™‚ Beautifully captured.

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  3. Ann Mackay says:

    Can anybody find me somebody too..ooo…ooo…ooooo BITE!! (More apologies to Freddie!)

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  5. Mike Powell says:

    What a cool-looking spider, Steve. I have always thought that crab spiders look like they are getting ready to embrace me. For some of your readers, I’m afraid, the Freddie that you reference could just as easily be Freddy Krueger as Freddie Mercury. πŸ™‚

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    • Surprisingly, I am finding most are enjoying the spiders. There are some totally creeped out. I had not thought of an embrace until I saw this series of shots from the other day. There’s good Freddie and bad Freddy. πŸ™‚


  6. Very cool photos. That spider must be fast to be able to catch a fly like that. Gotta love nature.

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    You make even something cringe-worthy look good, Steve! πŸ˜‰ She’s quite the beauty.

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  8. krikitarts says:

    The similarity to the goldenrod crab spider is truly striking, as is its choice of lurking-friendly cover. I see (https://bugguide.net/node/view/6591) that there is some discussion about their coloration, and that it may be a factor of the color of the plant on which the eggs were laid. How fascinating!

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  9. Leya says:

    Camouflaged well, Steve…even beautiful I would say. You make magic with your camera!

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  10. melissabluefineart says:

    When I think of the patience it takes to get shots like this, I tip my straw hat to you. I’m so glad you are willing to do it, so we can see these beautiful creatures doing what they do. I suspect they would be equally dismayed watching humans dispatching a burger.

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  11. What interesting markings! I can see how it got its name. Lovely in the surrounding pink blossoms too!

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  12. Golden Crab Spiders can be so very variable in colour. Great shots, Steve, but not a good time for the fly who got more than just a little squeeze.

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  13. No wonder the fly fell prey to the spider. It’s camouflaged amazingly well. I didn’t even know that pink spiders existed!

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  14. shoreacres says:

    I had no idea crab spiders could be so colorful. The ones I see tend to be greenish or even opaque, but they’re certainly fun to spot. This one looks almost silky; it’s interesting to see the different textures on its legs and abdomen.

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    • I’ll post one of the yellow of this species one of these days. Considering that they want to blend in to their surroundings you’d think they would be dull and unnoticeable. I guess to prey this is well blended in to the Kalanchoe flowers.


  15. Ms. Liz says:

    This spider is such a beauty! Especially so when nestled among the flowers πŸ™‚

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  16. Amazing to learn about these spiders.

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  17. bluebrightly says:

    Pretty amazing, Steve!

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