Have you ever seen a spider that resembles a crab? This spider was found on our June Wetland Wander and was a fun sight to see!
Similar to a crab, most of these spiders move sideways using their hind legs. Additionally, they have two strong front legs that are used to catch prey. Unlike other spiders, crab spiders do not spin webs to catch their prey. Instead, they use camouflage to wait for their prey and then attack with a venomous bite! Their venom is potent enough to injure large insects but is not dangerous to humans.
The Crab Spider on our walk was camouflaged into a wildflower waiting for its prey. They generally are good at not being seen so this was an awesome sight to see!
Find out more about other animals and plants that inhabit our Eugene Wetlands at our next Wetland Wander in August!