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Critters of the Week

Critters of the Week




Where Spotted: Westover Hills
Common Name: Northern Crab Spider (pretty sure it’s a Crab Spider but might be a different species)
Scientific Name: Mecaphesa asperata
Length: 3.3 mm (the one pictured was smaller)

Quick Facts

  • Crab spider is a type of spider that belongs to the family Thomisidae. There are more than 2.000 species of crab spiders that can be found around the world.
  • Crab spiders are able to change the color of their body to blend with the colors of their environment. This can take up to 20 days to change colors.
  • Crab spiders are diurnal animals (active during the day).
  • Crab spiders hunt and eat insects that visit flowers to feed on nectar.
  • Crab spiders have a wide, flattened body and 4 pairs of legs. The first pair of legs is longer and better developed compared to the other legs. Crab spiders have 8 eyes and the ability to see in all directions. Males have a more slender body and longer legs.

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Sherlock Bones at Richmond SPCA


Are you searching for a fun, friendly and adorable family member? My name is Sherlock Bones and I’m the guy for you! I am pretty lonely here by myself, just waiting for my special someone to come along. Won’t you please take me home today?

Age: 7 years, 1 month
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Black / White
Size: L (dog size guide)
ID: 50251747

Adopt Sherlock Bones at Richmond SPCA

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