Sunday, 15 February 2015

Light-blue Soldier Crab

These crab are a common sight on many sandy beaches in Australia - they are called Light-blue Soldier Crabs.

These were trundling about on the beach at Coles Bay, Tasmania.





Each crab is a couple of cm across so they are not in the toe stealing / wounding size!

You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday2 and I Heart Macro.  SM

33 comments:

Arija said...

So that's what they are! I snapped them at The Basin in Ku-ring-gai Chase in Sydney last winter.
Nice shots of these tiny tackers.

Margaret Adamson said...

I like the blue on them. There were a lot of crabs at times on Cairns beach but they were much bigger and I think had no blue.

Lea said...

Very interesting! Such a brilliant blue!
Have a beautiful day!
Lea

Irma said...

Beautiful blue color has the crab.
Beautiful photos Stewart.

Revrunner said...

First time I've ever seen one of these little guys.

ladyfi said...

Cute shots!

eileeninmd said...

They are kind of cute! There are a lot of them there, I wouldn't want to step on one.. Great shots. Have a happy week!

Adam Tilt said...

Excellent crabs. Certainly beats the one of two we tend to see on our local beaches.

Felicia said...

they sure are pretty little fellows

TexWisGirl said...

cute little scuttlers!

Beate said...

I've never seen these crabs before. They are beautiful creatures! And you got some great shots of them there :)

Montanagirl said...

Interesting creature!!

thewovenspoke said...

Very pretty for such a small crab, nice to know they won't tear a toe off:) Great shots.

Mary Hone said...

Cute little guys.

Terri B said...

Cute little guys, except they do slightly resemble spiders! I don't think I have ever seen these before.

Linda W. said...

They're so tiny! I like the blue color.

Missy George said...

Tiny little critters..A little creepy I think..I guess one would jump if they skittered across ones toes?? Great pictures..

Sylvia K said...

Cute little critters they are and you do find the good ones, Stewart! Hope you have a great new week!!

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Just enough to make one crab cake.

Mama Zen said...

How neat!

Ratty said...

That's cool. My first thought would be that I wouldn't want to get too close, but then I'd have to rush up and get some pictures.

Gemma Wiseman said...

These crabs are an amazing, almost luminous blue. Fascinating macros.

Nicola SeaThreePeeO Carpenter said...

Wonderful pictures, that must have been an amazing sight.

Nicola SeaThreePeeO Carpenter said...

Wonderful pictures, that must have been an amazing sight.

Laura said...

Pretty blue backs Stewart. Thanks as always for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

Jutta.K said...

Great shots, I'm thrilled!
This is my macro contribution :
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Greetings from germany

Juliana said...

Фото вражають))) але я би втікала із цього пляжу щойно би побачила цих створінь :)

xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Those are the prettiest crabs I've ever seen -- they look like children's toys. Cool.

janiceadcock said...

Quite lovely little creatures.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Cute little things and the colour is pretty too.

Marie said...

I just love these sweet little crabs! The sand is glistening in the sun and they soldier on, making the beach look like it's moving, I am sure.

facile et beau - Gusta said...

I never see this before. Thanks for the wonderful pictures

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