The Spiked Crab Spider

For some reason, I am always walking into spider webs. Even I’m never paying attention, or these spider webs are just everywhere. When I started walking through one on our back deck a few months ago, in my face was this little guy:

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Creepy, right? Have you ever seen such a thing? It is literally a cross between a crab and a spider. So when I Google’d those words, it turns out, this spider has a myriad of names. Scientifically, it is “Gasteracantha cancriformis.” And more commonly (and easier to pronounce), it is called the “spiny orbweaver spider.” Evidently they’re found all over the world in warm climates and don’t live very long.

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