Xysticus cristatus (predator)

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Xysticus cristatus (predator) (Clerck, 1757)

This species of crab spiders is widely distributed in Europe. It has been also recorded from neighbouring regions and in Australia. It is a common ambush predator and prefers low vegetation or may be even found on the ground. The prey includes some small pest insects like aphids or psyllids.