08.25.2021 I can’t help it if I’m crabby

I am a crab spider after all.

White-banded Crab Spider- Misumenoides formosipes

I got to spend several minutes with this attractive Arachnid. Up close and personal.

We played tag for a while as it kept slipping behind various blooms thinking I was a threat.


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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23 Responses to 08.25.2021 I can’t help it if I’m crabby

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    Oh I love this Steve! Haha .. the title’s an attention-grabber 😀

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  2. Those are good arachnid arrangements. The first one’s quite an attention-grabber.

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  3. Ann Mackay says:

    Your tag-playing paid off with excellent images! You must have sharp eyes to have spotted it in the first place! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Ann! I spend a lot of time with Boneset here in the yard. We have several plants which branch and produce a few flowering heads on each. I’ve become pretty good at seeing what isn’t a flower. 🙂

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  4. Yikes ! Give me an Alligator any time !

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  5. Peter Klopp says:

    Great photos! You must be the first human being that played tag with a spider, Steve!

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  6. Tina says:

    Beautiful shots, Steve. I love crab spiders! I see them pretty often, but not sure we have that little one in my neck of the woods. Will look it up!

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Aren’t they amazing? Masters of disguise.

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    • They are cool. I’ve always assumed, and many others do as well, that they change color from yellow to white and vice versa, based on where they are hiding. But I read that their color can depend on what flower their egg was laid upon.WHatever it may be, they are nice to find lurking in the boneset.


  8. Wow. This is beautiful.

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  9. shoreacres says:

    I enjoy crab spiders, but I’ve never seen this one. It’s quite attractive. I recently saw a yellow one — on a yellow flower. It makes sense for purposes of camouflage; I wonder if it’s a ‘choice,’ or if they’ve evolved a preference for flowers that help them stay concealed.

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    • There are a few theories as to how they acquire the coloration. One theory is that they develop their color based on the flower the egg is laid upon. Goldenrod Crabs don’t always blend in but often they are the color of the flower. These do occur in Texas so happy hunting.


  10. Todd Henson says:

    Beautiful shots. I’ve always found these fascinating. They just have such an interesting shape and behavior, with those legs opened wide.

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    • I really enjoyed finding this individual with those legs spread like that. I was lucky to get this perspective as after the shot it drew the legs back and wandered around the flowers. I think it was trying to avoid me.Thanks, Todd!


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