Monday, 27 February 2012

Save for web

I was looking for insects at the rainforest edge when I found this spider snug in a shelter that will never be featured on Grand Designs. But neither will it run over budget by a soul-destroying amount and prompt huge numbers of viewers to doubt the spider's grip on reality. So that's good news.

I don't know what sort of spider it is, other than a cute one. (Sure, it's not salticid cute, but it has its own green-skinned, bug-eyed charm.) (What? What's wrong with that?) The arrangement of eyes, particularly the size of the anterior lateral pair, suggests a crab spider (Thomisidae). But I have the same grip on arachnology that some of the Grand Designs participants have on project management. Make of that what you will.

As always, IDs offered will be gratefully received.


laurak@forestwalkart said...

CUTE! crammed into that little space...legs folded up and big colorful bug eyes! he looks very content...what ever he is!

Sherrie Y said...

Obviously it's a Verdicus charmina. Or maybe that's Charmingus verdii. Greenus cuticus? Oh never mind.

sarala said...

Amazing little arachnid. I like its choice of housing.

Crash said...

Yep, I'm thinking jumping spider, but a very cool pic, love it - never seen one in such a 'nest', must look closer lol