The Hitchhiker

Yesterday, I picked some daylilies to enjoy on my kitchen windowsill. A couple hours later, I noticed I had brought in a hitchhiker – a little crab spider.

What a cutie. His legspan was about a half inch across, but as far as he was concerned, he was 6 feet across.

I pulled out the camera, put it on macro setting, and put the lens in his face for a close up. He put up with it for a while, but then put his fangs out. “I’m done with my close-up Mr. Demille.” Crab spiders don’t build webs. Instead they lay in wait for supper, and ambush it when it arrives.

I put Mr. Tough outside when he was done with his photo shoot.


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7 Responses

  1. Suzanne, I like the little crab spider. I shared this post with my 8 year old son. He liked it too! I swear I feel like I have seen one of these spiders before. I laughed at how you called him Mr. Tough! Too funny! I like how he put his fangs out…guess he thinks you are not too big for him to take a bite! Ha Ha!

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Bonnie,
      Glad your son liked the spider. Later this week, I’ll have another post about a little tree frog.
      Thanks for your visit,

  2. Janet says:

    I think he’s kind of cute, in his own spidery way. Spiders don’t bother me much. It beats the time my hubby brought a box in from our shed and let a mouse loose in the house. Hoo-boy…fortunately we just opened the door and it ran back outside. I’ve never let him live it down though. We always check boxes before they come inside now, too!

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Janet,
      My cat brought in a vole that she caught about a month ago. Unfortunately she let it go, and it took off and we couldn’t find it. Several days later a bad smell behind a cabinet indicated where it went. I had to find the body and dispose of it – yuck.
      Thanks for visiting,

  3. Teresa says:

    You have great macro shots. He does look like he thinks he’s pretty full of himself. I admit, I would put him back outside too instead of stomping on him.

    • Suzanne says:

      He Teresa,
      He was a tough customer, but cute. I didn’t mind him, but I do mind those great big wolf spiders- they creep me out.
      Take care,

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