Crab Spider Guarding Egg Sac, not Jumping Spider!
Thanks to the sharp eye of Peter Hollinger, a Naturally Curious reader, the spider in this photograph can correctly be identified as a crab spider, possibly in the genus Xysticus, not a jumping spider! The eyes of this crab spider, while impressive, are not nearly as much so as a jumping spider’s. In addition, this crab spider’s four front legs are relatively longer than those of a jumping spider’s. Neither of these types of spiders spins a web to capture prey and both stay with their egg sacs to guard them. Thank you, Peter!