My Digital Photography of
Families Thomisidae and Philodromidae
The following spiders were photographed in the Metro-Detroit area, unless otherwise noted. If you know the scientific names of any of these crab spiders, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photographs are sorted so that most recent photos are at the top of the page.
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Slender Crab Spiders: genus Tibellus, family Philodromidae
Kensington Metropark, September 17, 2017
Holland Ponds, July 23, 2017
This spider was found outside on the hose on July 15, 2009. I have never seen one like it and could not immediately identify it---special thanks to James Buchkovich for providing its genus name. I hadn't even realized it was a type of crab spider, and originally placed it on the miscellaneous spiders page.
Crab Spider #4, family Thomisidae
It has been over a year since I've found a crab spider. I found this one on June 10, 2008 under a pile of dirty clothes in the basement, but I think it may have entered the house on some peony flowers I brought in as a backdrop for other insect and spider photos. Here is the spider photographed on a peony and rose from my yard. I also made three animations from some of the photos.
Crab Spider #3, family Thomisidae
I photographed this crab spider on April 29, 2007 on a tulip. Brian discovered it on the garage door.
Crab Spider #2, family Thomisidae
On October 10, 2006, I photographed this crab spider. It looks similar to the the one I photographed in May 2006, but the face is very different. This one was found outside in a lilac bush.
Crab Spider #1, family Thomisidae
The spider pictured below was found in my basement on May 30, 2006 coming down on a silken thread attached to the ceiling. Noticing that it was a species I had never seen before, of course I photographed it. Usually, these types of spiders are found outside in plants and flowers.
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