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© May Lattanzio
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September 21, 2017

This is a crab spider. Sometimes the smaller ones who are even more shy, are called flower spiders. I don't know the species yet, but I'm thinking because of her size and the inverted V on her back, she will be easy to ID.

I was walking along my circle - these flowers, Spanish Needles, are absolutely loathed by the county and mowed down as soon as they flower, but I put up a NO MOW sign and they haven't disturbed them. Yet.

I was looking for green lynx spiders, interesting, well camouflaged, and voracious eaters. I haven't seen one in years, probably because they spray for mosquitoes here with permethrin. Anyway, I was looking for flowers sewn together, which usually tells me there's a spider about, but I wasn't looking for one this large. Spider males are often quite small. The easier to eat you, my dear, said his wife.

It is three days later, and I was looking for her and found her there under her flower.

Spiders aren't for everyone. I can tolerate crab spiders. There is one species who looks so much like a beautiful crab (and tiny), that I have actually touched one. I can barely tolerate the big argiopes (there's a web among the Needles, to my delight), for they are outstanding in their beauty. But if they are long-legged, fast, hairy, venomous, they must meet their end. Sorry. That's just how it is.

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