Goldenrod Crab Spider

Crab spiders can be found on all parts of the BC coast, but being so small, you really have to look hard to spot them. They are very good at hiding from their enemies, as well as ambushing their prey.

Crab spiders come in many colors. They can sit on a flower and be almost invisible!  Sometimes the very insects they plan to eat, will walk right up to them. Some crab spiders can change colors to blend into their surroundings, making them one of the best camouflage experts around.

Resembling crabs in both appearance and in their way of walking, crab spiders truly live up to their namesakes. Their front legs point forward, making them look even more crab-like, and just like crabs, they are very quick.

Goldenrod Crab Spider, Vancouver Island, BC
Goldenrod Crab Spider, Vancouver Island, BC, Photo By Bud Logan

Crab spiders are one of the smallest spiders of the arachnid species, making them easy prey for other animals and spiders to eat. These little 8-legged animals hide in flowers, on leaves, in the grass, & in the bark of trees, waiting patiently for prey to pass their way. The crab spider doesn’t have enough venom to hurt a human, but can easily disable its victim if it is small enough. The crab spider is found just about everywhere, around the world.

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4 thoughts on “Goldenrod Crab Spider”

  1. Do these spiders bite human. I got a nasty bite in my garden. The only spider I could see was almost white. I live on 5 acres in Ladysmith.

    1. You probably got bit by a Brown Recluse Spider. They can be so small you don’t see them as the full size adult ones are quite visible but can camouflage in it’s environment. Their bite feels like burning matches on your skin and it can be deadly as the bite can increase in size like acid burning your skin if not treated right away.

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