Running Crab Spider

Subject: Two bugs
Location: Wyoming
August 11, 2016 9:48 am
I have two bugs, one that appears to be a spider and one that appears to be a lady bug. The spider looking bug was found in the bathroom and the lady bug was found outside. I live in Wyoming where our climate is cold in the winters which are almost 8 months of the year and warmer summers for the rest of the year. I hope you can help me identify these bugs.
Thank you.
Signature: Liz Hensley

Running Crab Spider
Running Crab Spider

Dear Liz,
We identified your spider as a Running Crab Spider in the genus
Ebo, thanks to BugEric where it states:  “Philodromids are identified rather easily by the fact that their second pair of legs is longest.  The genus Wbo takes this to an extreme, as that second leg is at least twice as long as all the others.  Their “wingspan’ must be the greatest for their size of any spider in North America.  Their body size is small, averaging between two and six millimeters depending on the species, and skewing towards the lower end of that spectrum.”  According to BugGuide:  “The Ebo characteristic trait is the elongated second pair of legs, which can be more than twice as long as the other legs.”  BugGuide recognizes at least two species in the genus in Wyoming, though BugGuide data does not report any.  Your beetle image, which we are not posting, is a Leaf Beetle in the genus Calligrapha.

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