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Goldenrod Crab Spider

Misumena vatia


These spiders may be yellow or white, depending on the flower in which they are hunting. Especially younger females, which may hunt on a variety of flowers such as daisies and sunflowers, may change color "at will". Older females require large amounts of relatively large prey to produce the best possible clutch of eggs. They are therefore, in North America, most commonly found in goldenrod, a bright yellow flower which attracts large numbers of insects, especially in autumn. It is often very hard even for a searching human to recognize one of these spiders on a yellow flower. These spiders are sometimes called Banana Spiders because of their striking yellow color.

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CourtneyVerk 10 years ago

Thanks OneArseneWenger!

OneArseneWenger 10 years ago

such an awesome series!

CourtneyVerk 10 years ago

Thank you AnnvanWijgerden and MayraSpringmann!

CourtneyVerk 10 years ago

Updated ID. Thanks LivanEscudero!

MayraSpringmann 10 years ago

Wow! Amazing!!

AnnvanWijgerden 10 years ago

Wow, a PRETTY spider! :-)

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Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Jun 10, 2012
Submitted on Jun 22, 2012

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