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Creepy crawler in my roses
Location: Central Florida
September 11, 2011 4:14 pm
Dear Bugman,
My husband and boys were outside today trimming back some severely over-grown trees when this brightly colored horned little creature was looking up at them. She is absolutely gorgeous! We searched Google and believe it is a Tiny Orb Weaver?? My son keeps calling it a crab spider.Either way we wanted to send you the photo because it is one of the most amazing spiders we have ever seen. Do not worry, we never kill or move them out of the garden on purpose. She is currently recreating her web we so maliciously destroyed.
Signature: Your friends in Florida

Crablike Spiny Orbweaver

Dear friends in Florida,
You are correct about this
Gasteracantha cancriformis being an Orbweaver, and your son has noticed its resemblance to a crab, hence the common name for this spider, the Crablike Spiny Orbweaver.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Florida

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