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Crab Spider on Lupine, Colorado.  I was busy chasing columbines in the mountains above Crested Butte when I came across this guy (or gal?).  It was very busy, actively moving around these flowers, making it a pretty elusive subject for photos.  At one point, it appeared to be trying to snip away a petal and carry it down to the ground (perhaps to build an egg case?).<br />
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I’m fairly sure it’s a species of crab spider, but I’m not positive, and spider identification guides online seem to be pretty incomplete.  If anyone out there can help come up with a positive identification, please let me know.<br />
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Image ©2019 James D Peterson