Crab Spider Camouflage  (six photos)
Philodromus histrio


crab spider camo
In September I found this Running Crab Spider (Philodromis histrio) resting
in a mess of leaves and twigs. If you can't see it, check out the photo below.
© Carol Davis 9-4-2018, Antelope Island.

revealed crab spider
If you look closely you can see some of its eyes in the middle of the
outline. They are the masters at camouflage! © Carol Davis 9-4-2018

crab tree
Sometimes when spiders become scarce, I make it a point to try to find them and
 sometimes I surprise myself when I find an especially well camouflaged one.  I spotted
 this one about six feet away from me on Antelope Island - at least I was pretty sure
there had to be one in there somewhere. The area just had the look about it. 
© Carol Davis 10-15-2015

crab spider watching
I zoomed in a little closer on this area and, sure enough, there was the Philodromus crab
spider. I couldn't get in any closer without spooking the spider, who was already aware of me,
 so I had to shoot from a distance, but you can see it better below. © Carol Davis 10-15-2015

philodromus crab spider
This photo is closely cropped and obviously pixelated, but it shows the crab
spider hiding amidst a bunch of little branches that seemed to resemble
crab spider legs. What a great place to hang out. © Carol Davis 10-15-2015

leggy crab spider
Now, if you take a look at the first photo in this group, you can see just how well this spider chooses
its resting spots and possible molting areas.  Philodromus crab spiders are great hunters
and tolerate cold temperatures better than any spider I've seen. © Carol Davis 10-15-2015

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