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Scientific name:  Misumena vatia

Size:  Head and body up to 10mm long

Distribution:  Common in Southern England.  Also found in Wales

Months seen:  April to September

Habitat:  Usually found on yellow or white flowers

Food:  Flies and other small insects

Special features:  Crab spiders are able to change their body colour to match their background.  It can take a few days, but they can appear white, yellow or green.  They sometimes have two faint red lines running along the abdomen, but these are not always visible.  The male is much smaller than the female.

The crab spider sits on flowers waiting for insects to land close by, and then pounces on them - trapping them between their crab-like front legs.

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