BEESTON SAFARI DAY 54 / 365: CRAB SPIDER
Is it a spider? Is it a crab?
It's a spider obviously, since my garden is technically closer to space than the coast. It's nominative reverse - the spider crab - is much less attractive if not downright bizarre, but let's talk crab spider.
These beasts are very active right now, commandeering there own area around the pond. They love to bask on the sun-warmed pebbles, where they will happily pounce on any tasty invertebrate passing. They are pretty good ambush hunters, eschewing webs (though they use silk in breeding, the kinky swines) for camouflage, hiding and a venomous bite: totally harmless to humans, of course.
A totally beneficial spider, and I like to think they're the first line of defence from mosquitos, capturing erstwhile nymphs as they take wing for the first time and feeding on them before they feed on me.
Up the arachnids, I say.