Elegant Crab Spider

by Jacki
(Grand Forks, B.C. Canada)

Elegant Crab Spider released from captivity

Elegant Crab Spider released from captivity

Elegant Crab Spider released from captivity
Elegant Crab Spider - captured
Elegant Crab Spider, silhouetted against the window screen

I rescued this lovely spider from the screen in the bathroom window - she must have thought that a winter indoors would suit her, but I had other ideas.

Elegant Crab Spiders, Xysticus elegans are not known to like overwintering inside houses, so it's a surprise when you find them indoors. Their preferred habitat is on low vegetation in woods, and bark or other debris on the ground.

Their prey is small insects. They don't use a web to catch their prey, although the male may lightly wrap the female during courtship. The female will guard the eggs in a silken sac, but generally dies before the spiderlings hatch.

Getting a close up look at these spiders, you can see why they are named after crabs, with their long forelegs and widespread stance. Their markings and coloration are perfect camouflage in their natural habitat.

See also the Goldenrod Spider for another Crab Spider with a much different appearance.

Click here to post comments

Return to Spider Identification.

Want your succulents to survive the winter?  Learn how to bring them indoors and be happy and healthy with this free e-course;  Fill in your name and email address on the form below to enroll!

Winterizing Succulents E-Course

Winterizing Succulents E-Course - click here to sign up...

How can I keep my Succulents happy for the winter? Find out here!

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.

Please enter the word that you see below.


Custom Search