The Crab Spider
In our surroundings innumerable insects and pests exists, and some of them are extremely dangerous for humans, spiders are one of them. The Crab Spider isn’t very dangerous, but it’s important to be educated about them when faced with an encounter. So let’s check some details about Crab Spiders.
HOW TO IDENTIFY CRAB SPIDERS
Crab spiders have a distinguishing crab-like body and their ability to move sideways and backward, just like crabs, gave them their name.
They possess wide, flattened bodies which have four pairs of legs. The two front legs are longer and stronger than others and are used for grabbing preys. They have the ability to see in all directions with help of their 8 eyes.
They can grow from 0.16 to 0.3 inches in length. Females are bigger in size as compared to males and usually have white, pale, yellow, or green colored bodies bearing red dots on the abdomen. Male crab spiders have dark-colored bodies and brown stripes cover their greenish-white abdomen.
Crab Spiders have a unique ability to camouflage. They change their body color and blend in the environment and look like fruits, flowers, leaves or even bird droppings; this way they deceive their prey and when it comes near them, they kill it.
They kill their prey by injecting venom but they aren’t known for biting humans because their small mouthparts are incapable to pierce human skin.
Female spiders lay eggs few days after mating and these are kept in connected silken egg sacs. Female spiders guard the sacs, till the young ones hatch out. During the entire tenure (up to 3 weeks) females don’t go out to eat and because of fatigue, they die within a short period after spider-lings hatch.
It’s not easy to detect crab spiders infestation in your house, as they have exceptional ability to put themselves out of sight. The only way you can detect their presence is by sighting spiders themselves.