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White banded crab spider

Misumenoides formosipes

Description:

White banded crab spider eating a saffron skipper (Poanes aaroni) on top of a zinnia.

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6 Comments

GraceWhite
GraceWhite 6 years ago

Thanks Jakubko! They're very tiny and shy usually. The one I posted here was the first one I had seen that was big, stationary, eating, and had visible markings.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago

The small spider on your zinnias in the link you provided may a juvenile of the same species, although I'm not sure. It is definitely in the family Thomisidae though.

GraceWhite
GraceWhite 6 years ago

Poanes looks good for the skipper, yes. Thanks!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago

Maybe genus Poanes for the skipper??
http://bugguide.net/node/view/255/bgpage...

GraceWhite
GraceWhite 6 years ago

Thank you Jakubko! I was even thinking it looked like a crab. Would this be the same thing, in tiny form? I get a lot of these tiny ones hiding in my zinnias.
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5534/98835...

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago

Fantastic spotting, Grace! Unfortunately I am unable to provide any information regarding the ID of the skipper at this time, but if I come across anything I will let you know. :-)

GraceWhite
Spotted by
GraceWhite

North Carolina, USA

Spotted on Sep 22, 2013
Submitted on Sep 22, 2013

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