Crablike Orb Weaver – Gasteracantha cancriformis

These are interesting little spiders because they look like a crab. Generally small they spin their geometric webs in the mangroves and wait for lunch to arrive. They generally sit in the middle of the web and I sometimes think they should really be called flowerlike Orb Weavers because they are about the size and coloring of a lot of the mangrove flowers. But, the shell and spines make them look crablike up close.
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As you can see, the top of the spider is colorful while the bottom is almost completely black. This final shot shows one with lunch.
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About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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