Mecaphesa

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Picture of Mecaphesa - Dorsal

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This was hiding under a lavender rose petal in the garden at the stem. Made me jump and I put it down in another plant but I started to be curious about what type it was and if it would be poisonous to my dogs. Any ideas what this is?

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TangledWeb

It isn’t dangerous. It has some venom for killing prey. It has the ability to change colors to match its surroundings. They also align their body and legs linearly to match the visual lines of the background. They go where they expect insects to be, such as on flowers. They aren’t web spiders. Holding still in an ambush position (front legs stretched out like it wants to hug) is how they hunt. These camouflaging spiders are some of my favorites. I like to see photos of them to see how well they match the backgrounds.

ItsyBitsy

Hi, this is a Crab Spider in the genus Mecaphesa.

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