Close-up of a white crab spider (c) Aaron Stanley

Crab spiders

Crab spiders don't build webs to catch their prey. Instead, they rely on camouflage and ambush. These colourful spiders blend into their surroundings amongst leaves and flowers, where they lie in wait for unsuspecting flies and bees. Some species can even change colour to match the flower they are on.

Scientific name: Thomisidae

Rank: Family

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The Crab spiders can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Amazon Rainforest, Arctic, Asia, Australia, China, Europe, Indian subcontinent, Madagascar, Mediterranean, North America, Russia, South America, United Kingdom. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

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