National Geographic : 1971 Aug
Nimble crab spider haunts a plant laden with delicate blos soms (right). Named for its ability to scurry sideways and backwards, the little hunter can turn white, pink, or yellow to blend with vegetation. In a mini-jungle of stalks and stems, a green lynx spider snatch es up a victim. It trails a drag line-a safety thread anchored at intervals-that most spiders put down as they move about. MISUMENOPSOBLONGUS,2 1/2 TIMES LIFE-SIZE,EASTERNU. S.; BY F. TURNERREUTER PEUCETIAVIRIDANS, 2 1/4 TIMESLIFE-SIZE, SOUTHERNU. S. TO CENTRALAMERICA; BY JAMESANDRICHARDKERN XYSTICUSCRISTATUS,3 TIMES LIFE-SIZE. EUROPE;BY JOHN A. L. COOKE( N.G.S . Ready-for-dinner stance: A hungry crab spider waits motionless for a flying insect to approach. When a victim draws near enough, the legs snap shut and the predator delivers a killing bite. Equipped with par ticularly potent toxin, these spiders readily attack wasps and bumblebees much larger than themselves.