Observations in the Family: Thomisidae

Common Name: Crabspiders

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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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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
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Not a suitable prey item

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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:

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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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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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
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Yellow Crab spider

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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
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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
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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
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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:1
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Mrs Crabby gets the finger

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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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Yellow crabspider with small bee prey

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By: Colin Ralston
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Location: Bergville
Observed: 2nd November 2016
Added: 3rd November 2016
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
Comments:0
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White spider eating a bee

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By: Colin Ralston
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Location: Bergville
Observed: 2nd November 2016
Added: 3rd November 2016
Likely ID: Thomisus
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Yellow spider hides away

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Location: Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
Observed: 25th September 2016
Added: 29th October 2016
Identifications:1
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Description:

Pristine fynbos, northern aspect. Burned in 2015.

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Serving as breakfast for a relative

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By: Colin Ralston
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Location: Bergville
Observed: 25th October 2016
Added: 25th October 2016
Identifications:1
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Nothing like having a relative come for breakfast

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By: Colin Ralston
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Location: Bergville
Observed: 25th October 2016
Added: 25th October 2016
Identifications:1
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Small green & white spider

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By: Colin Ralston
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Location: GRBG
Observed: 21st October 2016
Added: 21st October 2016
Likely ID: Diaea
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Day of the Yellow Crab

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Location: Pretoria 1
Observed: 24th April 2016
Added: 15th October 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:1
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Yellow Hunter

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Location: Pretoria 1
Observed: 24th April 2016
Added: 15th October 2016
Identifications:1
Agreements:2
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Shedded Spider skin

Shedded Spider skin
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Location: St Lucia 1
Observed: 17th September 2016
Added: 4th October 2016
Identifications:1
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03 October 2016

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The Hunter

Green Flower Crab Spider
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Location: St Lucia 1
Observed: 17th September 2016
Added: 3rd October 2016
Likely ID: Thomisidae
Identifications:1
Agreements:0
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03 October 2016

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Yellow spider

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Location: iMpendle Nature Reserve
Observed: 10th January 2008
Added: 29th September 2016
Identifications:1
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Synema imitator

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Location: Mhlambanyatsi Road, near NE end of plantations
Observed: 14th December 2014
Added: 25th September 2016
Likely ID: Synema imitator
Identifications:1
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Species with which Crabspiders (Thomisidae) interacts