Picture ID 95996

Picture of unidentified spider

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Photo taken southwest kansas area. No flash was used. Spider extended the two front "legs" in the air when I got close.

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  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2019
  • Photographed: Nov 19, 2019
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Norwich, Kansas, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Man-made structure (building wall, fences, etc.)
  • Found in web?: No
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Hi, this looks like Crab Spider in genus Xysticus, family Thomisidae. They hunt by being where prey is expected to go. They either match their surroundings or some species change colors and position their legs to match the background linear flow. They raise their front pairs of legs when they sense something approaching. If you were an insect or spider it could grab you and plunge its fangs in. Spiders have many sensory abilities that are still being discovered. The legs may also have been raised to pick up more info about you to help the spider choose how to… Read more »