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Flower (crab) spider


This spider belongs to the Thomisidae or Crab spider family. This is perhaps a Goldenrod crab spider (Misumena vatia) in white, but I am not sure, as it resembles also some Misumenoides and Misomenops species. Anyhow, all comments are welcomed. :)


urban (backyard)


Crab spiders can be identified by their stronger and often longer front two pairs of legs, which they can hold up, similar to the way a crabs hold their claws. Instead of a making a web, they use these legs to catch a pray (which usually comes by as they sit on a flower). Since some flower spiders can change color -- which may take a few days -- to camouflaged themselves on different flowers, it makes harder to identify them.

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peter 7 years ago


Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Lat: 38.92, Long: -77.03

Spotted on Sep 9, 2010
Submitted on Sep 12, 2010

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