Curious Crab Spiders

These spiders, which are among the most common spiders found in Massachusetts, have a characteristic crab-like body shape and may even walk sideways or backwards like crabs. Since they do not build webs, crab spiders hide and wait for their prey. The best places to find these spiders are open areas such as on fences or plants. Common crab spiders in New England include the white banded crab spider (Misumenoides formosipes) and goldenrod crab spider (Misumena vatia), which can change its body color to match the flowers it hides on.

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