Observations in the Family: Thomisidae

Common Name: Crabspiders

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Crab spider

Crab spider
By: Andrew Deacon
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Location: Salt Creek
Observed: 13th December 2016
Added: 21st January 2017
Identifications:1
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Thomisus stenningi on Geranium flanaganii

Thomisus stenningi on Geranium flanaganii
By: Nicky vB
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Location: Sparrebosch Trail
Observed: 14th January 2017
Added: 15th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Ugly's only skin deep

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By: Bushboy
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Location: 3 Marion Ave, Scottburgh
Observed: 12th January 2017
Added: 15th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Crab spider

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By: Evanne Rothwell
Friends of Silvermine Nature Area
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Location: Adjacent to the Silvermine Wetlands
Observed: 12th October 2016
Added: 9th January 2017
Likely ID: Synema imitator
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
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Description:

This is answer to the comments on Charlie Chaplin has lost his hat observation.

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Yellow crab spider

yellow crab spider
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Location: Maroelasfontein Farm 602 KR
Observed: 4th October 2015
Added: 4th January 2017
Identifications:1
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Tiny yellow spider with orange speckles

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By: Anthony WaltonAnthony Walton’s reputation in Invertebrates
Location: UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve
Observed: 25th October 2016
Added: 1st January 2017
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
Description:

Tiny hairs covering body

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Tiny, hairy, white/orange spider

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Location: UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve
Observed: 25th October 2016
Added: 1st January 2017
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
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Description:

Legs and body covered with hairs. Abdomen and legs speckled

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Little hunter

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By: Laaiqah Jabar
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Location: Kliphoogte
Observed: 25th May 2016
Added: 28th December 2016
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
Comments:1
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Balloon bum in Leonotis

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By: Bushboy
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Location: 3 Marion Ave, Scottburgh
Observed: 25th December 2016
Added: 28th December 2016
Identifications:2
Agreements:2
Comments:4
Description:

I coaxed this tiny fella out its silk-secured leaf curl in the Wild Dagga bush. Wouldn't go back after the photo, but scuttled back into the depths of the bush very close by.

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Camaricus nigrotesselatus

Camaricus nigrotesselatus
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Location: Westville, Durban, South Africa
Observed: 22nd December 2016
Added: 22nd December 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:3
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Thomisus stenningi on Phyllopodium elegans

Thomisus stenningi on Phyllopodium elegans
By: Nicky vB
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Location: Waboomsberg
Observed: 18th November 2016
Added: 20th December 2016
Identifications:1
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Spider

Spider
By: Emma King
Scouts South AfricaSenior Scout Adventure
Location: Near Rietgat
Observed: 15th December 2016
Added: 16th December 2016
Identifications:1
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Crab Spider

Crab Spider
By: Tony Rebelo
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Location: Wakkerstroom R543 at Cutting
Observed: 22nd November 2016
Added: 28th November 2016
Identifications:1
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Comments:1
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Crab Spider

Crab Spider
By: Tony Rebelo
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Location: Wakkerstroom above quarry on SE end of town
Observed: 20th November 2016
Added: 28th November 2016
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications:1
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Crab Spider

Crab
By: Tony Rebelo
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Location: Wakkerstroom - Martins Dam n side
Observed: 21st November 2016
Added: 28th November 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Not a suitable prey item

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By: Colin Ralston
Garden Route Botanical Garden
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Location: Bergville
Observed: 25th November 2016
Added: 26th November 2016
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications:1
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Description:

The spider seemed to investigate the beetle but did not appear to attack it. The next morning both were still on the flower, the beetle still very much alive.

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Pinky's patience pays off.

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By: Colin Ralston
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Location: Bergville
Observed: 25th November 2016
Added: 26th November 2016
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications:1
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Description:

Watched this spider several times during the day, just sitting still on the flower. Rewarded later, both of us plus some small flies.

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Pinky

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By: Colin Ralston
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Location: Bergville
Observed: 24th November 2016
Added: 25th November 2016
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications:1
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Crabspider with well sucked fly

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By: Colin Ralston
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Location: Bergville
Observed: 19th November 2016
Added: 22nd November 2016
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
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Only spotted as they prey item was seen

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By: Colin Ralston
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Location: GRBG
Observed: 15th November 2016
Added: 17th November 2016
Identifications:1
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Crabspider eating a bee

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By: Colin Ralston
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Location: GRBG
Observed: 14th November 2016
Added: 16th November 2016
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Yellow Crab spider

Thomisus
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Location: Korsman Bird Sanctuary, Benoni 1501
Observed: 15th March 2016
Added: 14th November 2016
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications:1
Agreements:4
Comments:3
Description:

Yellow crab spider perfectly disguised on a Senecio consanguineus flower.

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Crabspider with lunch

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By: Colin Ralston
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Location: Bergville
Observed: 13th November 2016
Added: 13th November 2016
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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Green Spider

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By: Robert Taylor
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Location: Sunset farm
Observed: 5th November 2016
Added: 9th November 2016
Likely ID: Synema imitator
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
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Thomisus

Thomisus
By: Andrew Deacon
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Location: Salt Creek
Observed: 2nd November 2016
Added: 7th November 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
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Mrs Crabby w ants some lunch

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By: Bushboy
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Location: 3 Marion Ave, Scottburgh
Observed: 2nd November 2016
Added: 6th November 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
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Mrs Crabby gets the finger

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By: Bushboy
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Location: 3 Marion Ave, Scottburgh
Observed: 2nd November 2016
Added: 6th November 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
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Description:

Illustrating offensive to defensive mode. So reliant on mimicry: a slow-moving finger and even a gentle stroke fails to evoke flight.

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Too uniform to be a real poopie

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Location: 3 Marion Ave, Scottburgh
Observed: 29th October 2016
Added: 6th November 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:1
Description:

She clung grimly to her mimicry - and barleria leaf - as I carried her inside for some pics. Then I took her on her leaf back to her garden spot - just in case - to try for a ventral view. No ways! She wanted no part of such indignity and fled with amazing speed up my arm (while I shot away mostly in vain) and launched herself on a single silken thread back into her garden, and under a leaf. Where I hadn't the heart to disturb her further.

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It attempted to catch a Hoverfly, which gave it's position away

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By: Colin Ralston
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Location: GRBG
Observed: 3rd November 2016
Added: 5th November 2016
Likely ID: Oxytate
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Crab Spider

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Location: Spruit St, Dullstroom
Observed: 4th November 2016
Added: 4th November 2016
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications:2
Agreements:1
Comments:0
Description:

Female crab spider but is that the male?

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Species with which Crabspiders (Thomisidae) interacts