First, this is an awesome sight. I have spent hours looking at the pictures and finding out about all these bugs I didn’t know existed. As for my bug…I live in Los Angeles and found this little guy on my counter while I was putting some flowers in a vase. I think it’s a spider but it appears to only have 6 legs and I thought spiders have 8. It did however release some sort of silk when I was trying to get it onto a branch. It sat on this flower for a while with it’s two long front legs stretched out. It also seemed to be eating something off the flower.
What is it?
Elena DiMeo

Hi Elena,
You have a species of Crab Spider, Family Thomisidae. They are sometimes called Flower Spiders because they wait for prey on blossoms. Here is a good site with many great Crab Spider photos.

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