found in house with clothes
Dear Bug Detective:
I found this spider on the floor after shaking out some clothes that had been waiting too long for laundering. The second picture better shows its coloration. You will see that he lost a leg during capture maneuvers. He walks a bit sideways and contracts smaller when confronted, drawing his legs back so that that swoop back and the front aim forward.
Thanks for any help with this.
I don’t know how this poor maimed Crab Spider, Family Thomisidae, found its way into the dirty laundry. They generally wander over the ground, climbing flowers and plants in search of prey. They do not spin webs. There are over 200 North American species. They are harmless.