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black and white male crab spider - Philodromus dispar - male

black and white male crab spider - Philodromus dispar - Male
Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington, USA
May 10, 2009

Very nice.
Very nice image. I remember this species from my childhood in Oregon:-)

 
Thanks Eric,
These are cute litte spiders, definitely memorable.

 
Do you remember how big this was?
I believe P. dispar is the species that is really thriving around my house, but I've only ever seen/collected immatures, so I was wondering how big the adults get? Do you happen to know?

 
5 mm
Adult males are around 5 mm. Females are around a mm larger I guess. It seems like only their legs get longer!

 
Thanks!
I see what you mean about the legs. One of the females I have right now has a smaller body and longer legs than the younger female I have. I was glad to hear 5mm. Now I know I don't have to wait too long for the couple I have to mature. I'm hoping they're penultimate...but it's taking sooo long! I keep feeding and hydrating them but they just won't molt! Grr.

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