By Josie  March 16th, 2023

Discover the 

Crab Spider

Even if you have arachnophobia, you are sure to be impressed by these tiny creatures.

Let's discover the Crab Spider!

Crab spiders range in size from 0,1 – 1 inch in length, making them relatively small compared to other spider species.

They have flattened bodies.

Body Shape & Size

Crab spiders have long, strong legs covered in spikes, allowing them to grip their prey and climb on surfaces.


Crab spiders are well-known for their ability to camouflage themselves.


Some can even mimic other insects, such as ants and bees, to avoid detection by predators.

They prefer environments with covers, such as leaves and flowers

Crab spiders are present worldwide and are adaptable to different habitats.


They mostly hunt for flies, bees, butterflies, and even other spiders.

Crab spiders have a very slow metabolism, which means they don’t need to eat frequently.


Then they use their sharp chelicerae (jaws) to grab their prey and inject venom to immobilize it.

They use their long legs to position themselves strategically, and wait for their prey to pass.

Hunting Techniques

Crab spiders are important predators in the ecosystem and feed on many insects considered pests.

Role In Ecosystems

These include aphids, flies, and mosquitoes.

Even though they have venom, it’s not strong enough to cause harm to people.

However, you could have an allergic reaction to their venom - if so, seek medical attention.

Are They Harmful?

- Crab Spiders are solitary in nature  - They are territorial - They avoid confrontation

Social Behaviors

Crab spiders mate during the spring and early summer.

Females lay their eggs in a silk sac after mating, and then guards them.


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These guys have incredible hunting techniques and camouflage.