Hungry Cannibalistic Crab Spider!

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Chainsaws. Spider fangs. Same difference, right? When you’re the size of a lady beetle, then they may as well be the same thing. Horror has a variety of nasty forms. A rip-roaring chainsaw chews through the air (or something else) like a soulless mechanical glutton. When you hear that motor…papapapapapa…something bad is about to happen.

Sometimes you just don’t know when something bad is about to happen.

Spider fangs can explode out of the shadows and take down…well…another spider. Because some spiders just don’t care about cannibalism.

 

The Other White Meat

 

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Crab spiders are mean. And they don’t care what they eat. As long as they eat. Ambush predators sit and wait for their prey to meander within striking distance. Crickets. Grasshoppers. Butterflies. Caterpillars. It doesn’t matter how many legs the prey happens to have—if the crab spider is hungry—then it’s on the menu. Yes…even other crab spiders.

 

What Color Should I Wear Today?

 

You wake up in the morning, and then open a closet. That closet is full of clothes. You can guess what happens next. The crab spider kind of does the same thing…except it dresses to kill. Literally. Ambush predators need to blend into their environment, because it’s highly inconvenient if their prey sees them before they’re killed. Some crab spiders will change their color over time while they’re lounging on top a flower.

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Go on…nothing to see here…
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Ummm…perhaps I’ll change my shade.

 

Go Bite Somebody Your Own Size!

 

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Illustration By Rose Perez

 

Most female crab spiders are much larger than the males…sometimes much LARGER. Sexual dimorphism occurs in a variety of species, but this evolutionary strange twist of fate is exaggerated when it comes to some species of crab spiders. Not only are female crab spiders large and in charge—they don’t mind engaging in mortal kombat—why? Because there’s more than one way to finish him! Remember that.

Horror and nature is a two-headed giant. You can’t have one without the other. The next time you walk past a lovely garden…look very closely…something is probably being killed.

On second thought…just keep walking.

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          By FlyTrapMan

 

Published by Dead Donovan

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34 thoughts on “Hungry Cannibalistic Crab Spider!

  1. I’ve always thought it was important to observe and appreciate nature. To see the beauty of things like spiders, and how they interact with the world. To derive inspiration from the interestingly grotesque reality of other living organisms by seeing it firsthand, and experiencing the glory of nature instead of staying locked away indoors and having a limited view. I’ve always thought that.
    This post has convinced me otherwise.

    Quite interesting though (in a nightmarish, these-pictures-are-burned-into-my-brain-now sort of way). 🙂

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    1. Spiders are interesting creatures. They all have their quirks and strange characteristics, especially crab spiders. Sometimes a flower looks innocent…until a closer inspection reveals something with eight legs! Haha.

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