My Digital Photography of

Crab Spiders,

Families Thomisidae and Philodromidae

The following spiders were photographed in the Metro-Detroit area, unless otherwise noted.  If you know the scientific names of any of these crab spiders, please e-mail me at kozmicdreams@ymail.com.  Photographs are sorted so that most recent photos are at the top of the page.

 

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Slender Crab Spider #5 --- genus Tibellus, family Philodromidae

This spider was found outside on the hose on July 15, 2009.  I have never seen one like it and could not immediately identify it---special thanks to James Buchkovich for providing its genus name.  I hadn't even realized it was a type of crab spider either, and placed it on the miscellaneous spiders page first.

   

   

 

 

 

Crab Spider #4, family Thomisidae

It has been over a year since I've found a crab spider.  I found this one on June 10, 2008 under a pile of dirty clothes in the basement, but I think it may have entered the house on some peony flowers I brought in as a backdrop for other insect and spider photos.  Here is the spider photographed on a peony and rose from my yard.  I also made three animations from some of the photos.

 

     

       

       

   

       

       

         

     

       

         

     

 

 

 

Crab Spider #3, family Thomisidae

I photographed this crab spider on April 29, 2007 on a tulip.  Brian discovered it on the garage door.

     

     

     

     

       

 

Crab Spider #2, family Thomisidae

On October 10, 2006, I photographed this crab spider.  It looks similar to the the one I photographed in May 2006, but the face is very different.  This one was found outside in a lilac bush.

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Crab Spider #1, family Thomisidae

The spider pictured below was found in my basement on May 30, 2006 coming down on a silken thread attached to the ceiling.  Noticing that it was a species I had never seen before, of course I photographed it.  Usually, these types of spiders are found outside in plants and flowers.

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