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Goldenrod crab spider

Misumena vatia

Description:

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 (Solidago sp.), 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.

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Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Spotted on Jun 6, 2009
Submitted on Aug 24, 2011

Spotted for Mission

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