I recently noticed someone new in the flowering vine that is twined around my porch rail. She is probably not new at all. I just hadn’t discovered her yet. She is so well camouflaged that I might not have ever seen her, if it weren’t for the large bright meal she was enjoying one day.

Crab Spider Eating Butterfly
Whitebanded Crab Spider Misumenoides formosipes eating a butterfly

I was sad for that butterfly, but saw this breeding pair nearby, so hopefully there will be many more on their way.

Pearl Crescent Butterfly Phyciodes tharos
Pearl Crescent Butterfly Phyciodes tharos

Now I can’t walk up my front steps without looking for the little crab spider. She is always there. She made it through Florence’s winds and sits waiting in her favorite flower cluster.

Whitebanded Crab Spider Misumenoides formosipes
Whitebanded Crab Spider Misumenoides formosipes

I haven’t seen her eat anything else. She just waits, in this odd yoga-like pose that looks horribly uncomfortable.

Whitebanded Crab Spider Misumenoides formosipes 1
Whitebanded Crab Spider Misumenoides formosipes

I never see her move. Insects crawl by: an ant, a mosquito, a tiny bee, a fly- I’m not sure if she’s just waiting for something better or if she’s not hungry. She is probably just waiting for me to leave.

Whitebanded Crab Spider Misumenoides formosipes 2
Whitebanded Crab Spider Misumenoides formosipes

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