Flower Crab Spider

About Flower Crab Spider

Flower spiders are members of the Thomisidae family, one of the most colorful and appealing spider groups. The more attractive Flower Spiders have smooth, glossy bodies with short, uneven legs and a large, more or less truncated abdomen that is typically brightly colored. They are normally tiny (males are smaller than females), and their two front pairs of legs are significantly heavier, longer, and more spun than the hind pairs of legs. Because all four pairs of legs curl forward in a crab-like pattern, the group is also known as Crab Spiders.


Flower spiders are foliage and flower dwellers who rely on their camouflage and ability to stay stationary for both protection and prey capture. Despite the fact that they often shift hunting locations, they adopt a sit-and-wait method to obtain food. Prey species, most notably honey bees, butterflies, flies, and beetles, are caught by the spiders' spiky front legs and bitten on the head. The poison works fast to subdue the target, which is then consumed. Venom and digestive secretions liquefy the interior tissues of the insect, which the spider sucks away, leaving an empty yet lifelike husk.


The flower spider, often known as the Goldenrod spider Crab spider is one of numerous crab spider species found throughout America, including Utah. Despite the fact that they are abundant over most of southern and eastern Australia, they are frequently so well hidden that the casual observer seldom notices them. Flower spiders love to spend their time outside. They are, nevertheless, occasionally discovered inside dwellings. Flower spiders are frequently introduced into homes, either by a homeowner bringing in a new indoor blooming plant or by a pet or person rubbing up against a flower and attaching themselves to it, becoming a passenger.


As long as they remain outside, they are considered beneficial spiders that prey on other hazardous insects or pests that injure crops. When they are discovered inside a person's house, they frequently believe they are dangerous owing to their brilliant colors. Humans are not threatened by flower spiders.


The flower spider's bite is painful, although it is not harmful to humans. In order to prevent flower spiders out of your home, examine indoor plants before bringing them in, especially if you enjoy bringing in homemade shops. Flower spiders are typically discouraged by a tidy yard since they do not appreciate their hunting habitat being disturbed.

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