Sara the Spectacular Crab Spider in my backyard
I found a Spectacular Crab Spider in my backyard living on a Pentas plant. When I first noticed her, she was hiding inside a flower cluster. I only saw legs, and I decided to make a mental note to come back and check on it each day. I decided to name her Sara.
You see I have been known to name regular creatures that I see on Let’s Go Buggin tour. Like Amy the Python, who I was seeing almost every day for about 6 weeks, Henrietta the giant grey huntsman who we see on most night walks, Leila the Lichen Huntsman who currently resides in Bug Alley, my tiny stretch of boardwalk that is my favourite hotspot for photographing tiny beauties of the rainforest. So, seeing as though I was going to see this spider over the foreseeable future, I thought I should name her, and Sara is what came to me.
For a week and a half, Sara stayed inside the flower cluster but eventually she did show herself. She wasn’t shy, in fact, her behaviour was quite defensive and threatening. She was waving her front two sets of legs at me. Just like the Beautiful Crab Spider mentioned above in my backyard who was definitely protecting an egg sack. So I think that little bed of silk inside the flowers could be either a egg-sack or a molting sack.