Photo of the Week

Slender Crab Spider - ♀
Slender Crab Spider – ♀
Tibellus sp., Philodromidae
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
May 8, 2014

This week’s photo is another arachnid from the annex. The slender crab spiders are smallish (4-15 mm) non-web building spiders who, unlike the sedentary true crab spiders (Thomisidae), actively pursue their prey. Mouse over the above image to see the underside of the spider, showing the epigyne, which is an important structure for the identification of female spiders. I took this shot using a sandwich bag to expose the underside. A great tip that I learned from BugGuide

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