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Crab Spiders Active

4-29-19 crab spider on trailing arbutus_U1A7395Trailing Arbutus (Epigaea repens) is one of our earliest spring wildflowers. Sometime in April or May the creeping, leathery, evergreen leaves of this plant suddenly come alive with white or pink tubular flowers. While they are delightful to look at, their fragrance is what truly sets them apart from many other plants that flower this time of year.

Because there aren’t that many insects about this early, nor flowering plants, insect predators can have a challenging time finding prey. The pictured crab spider chose its perch wisely: bumble bees are the main pollinators of Trailing Arbutus, and queens are out scouting for food as they begin to establish their colonies.

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3 responses

  1. Marilyn

    A bumblebee would be prey for a crab spider?!

    April 29, 2019 at 8:17 am

    • Yes! They actually prey on a number of species of bees.

      April 30, 2019 at 8:08 am

  2. Alice Pratt

    I really like Crab Spiders, with their camouflage.

    April 29, 2019 at 8:30 am

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