Common Crab Spider – Xysticus cristatus

Body length up to 8mm. This crab spider has cryptic colouration to blend in with dried leaves and low foliage near where it hunts on the ground, lying in wait for its prey. Their colouration varies from light cream, dark brown to greyish.

It favours hunting, and does not make use of a web. It has a varied diet, feeding on bees and butterflies captured when positioned on flower heads, and ants, other spiders and invertebrates when on the ground.

They mature in the spring and summer. They maybe seen in many types of habitat on bushes and low-level plants. One of the commonest and most widespread species of crab spider in Great Britain.