These unusual little arachnids, which look something like tiny scorpions but with a rounded (and nonvenomous) hind end, are often overlooked but are filled with biological curiosity. Learn more about these helpful animals.
This small, whitish-yellow or yellowish-brown crab spider is commonly found in flower heads. Often its carapace is slightly greenish, with a broad whitish-yellow midband bordered by darker, thinner sides of yellowish-brown.
Smooth flower crab spiders are often confused with other crab spiders. Like chameleons, they have some capacity to change color from white to yellow, depending upon the blossoms they are inhabiting. The female often has an orange or reddish stripe running along each side of the abdomen, extending from the front to about halfway down the side.
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