Crab Spider  (three photos)
Thomisidae Bassaniana utahensis

1/2 inch

crab spider
I squirted off my deck and, of course, disturbed the hose wherein was hiding this beautiful, large crab spider. From a
distance I thought it was a Phidippus Audax (jumping spider) because of the size and gait.  The Audax is notorious
for hiding in the loops of hoses.  What a treat to find this beautiful female (although with those bulging biceps
she does bear an uncany resemblance to Arnold "I'll be back" Schwarzenegger...
) © Carol Davis 4-26-2008

spider
Notice the word "soft" on the side of this hose which kind of represents the personality of this great spider,
although she did wave her arms at me when I got too close one time.  This genus has a whitish rim around its
head (carapace) and it's all shiny because it got sprayed with water.  Love these spiders! © Carol Davis, 4-26-2008

close up of spider
Had to rescue this little hose dweller after she wandered too close to a funnel web spider.  I don't
know who would win between those two (size pretty equal), but I didn't want to lose the crab spider.

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