Sunday, May 25, 2014

Nature Study: Goldenrod Crab Spider

We caught this spider that we are pretty sure is a Goldenrod Crab Spider. Notice the four larger front legs? Kind of looks like a crab. We found out this is probably a female because the males have red stripes. This spider can change colors to white or green and usually hangs out on yellow flowers awaiting her prey. She injects poison rather than spinning a web. I did see her once drop from a dragline when I was messing with her with a stick.
What are the chances that in less than 8 hours of having her, she shed her exoskeleton?! I thought she withered away in the sun and was very confused until I finally found her hiding in a nook of our bug box.

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