Xysticus
(Ground Crab Spiders)

Picture ID 16473

Picture of Xysticus (Ground Crab Spiders) - Dorsal

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This little guy fell out of a towel I picked up from the floor.It stood up in an aggressive looking stance with it's front legs up after falling onto my bed.I later killed this one-but from now on will just be putting pictures up here because I have a basement bedroom(ways for spiders and insects to get in and it is damp) and almost constant spiders as roommates.If I know what it is,it isn't scary anymore.

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Hi, it’s a crab spider, not sure which one. They are ambush hunters of insects. They spend most of their time staying perfectly still to avoid being seen. They wait in places where insects are likely to show up. The colors and patterns on their bodies are a clue to where they go and where they have been, since they are very good at camouflage. They pose as pieces of bark, petals, leaves, and many other things. Some can change colors to match, but probably not the one in the photo. They don’t have webs that hold and exhaust prey,… Read more »

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Hi, see above image for ID. 🙂

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Picture of Xysticus spp. (Ground Crab Spiders) - Dorsal Enlarge Picture
Picture of Xysticus spp. (Ground Crab Spiders) - Lateral Enlarge Picture