I’ve found a 6-legged spider. I think.
I’ve scoured the interwebs to try and figure out if it actually is a 6-legged spider or some other bug. It’s the same size your average brown/yellow house spider, and it spins a web.
But looking closely there are no telltale stubs that might mean it lost 2 legs. And what’s with the GIANT front legs? This bug doesn’t really walk like a spider, probably because its legs are so out of proportion. This is too weird.
Here you can see it has a couple of knobbly things coming out of its head that it tucks in when it’s disturbed. Antennae maybe? They could be a set of jaws but stick out pretty far from its head. They look to me like big googly eyes. I suppose they could be very small front legs with little spider punching gloves on them, which would make a set of 8 legs.
I’m stumped. Have I found a rare and exquisite species of house spider? Or is it a random mutant?
EDIT: I have heard from a reliable source, namely my friendly neighborhood spider guy Kenneth who works at the Junction’s reptile store Tails & Scales, that this is some sort of crab spider that’s missing 2 legs. He said the boxing glove thingies are called “pedipalps” and they show that this is definitely a boy spider. Thanks Kenneth!