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Huntsman Spiders

The Wolf Spider

The Voracious Water Spider

Orb Web Builders

A Fascinating Sight

Riddle of the St. Andrew's Cross

The Tailed Spider

The Amazing Stick Spider

The Death's Head Spider

Queen of Spinners

The Hairy Imperial Spider

The Beautiful Spiny-Bellied Spider

The Crab Spider

The Jumping Spider

The Flying Spider

Bird-Catching Spiders

A Spider that Barks?

Trap-Door Spiders

The Brown Trap-Door Spider

The Funnel-Web Spider

The Venomous Red-Back Spider

Deadliest of Creatures



The Crab Spider

The little crab spiders (Diaea and Xysticus) adapt their color to blend with that of their surroundings. These striking little spiders rest in the centres of flowers, where, waiting with outspread forelegs, they capture flower-visiting in-sects, usually bees, flies and butterflies. Upon a white blossom, the prevailing color will be a chalky white; on a yellow, its color, though pale, will tone sufficiently to render it inconspicuous; while upon a pink blossom its body will carry a pinkish flush. If a spider is removed from a flower of one color to that of another, its hue will change. The trans-formation is slow, definite, and sufficient to render it inconspicuous as it rests.








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