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  • Scientific Names
    • Misumena vatia
    • Misemuna vatia
  • English
    • Goldenrod Crab Spider
    • Goldenrod Spider
    • Crab Spider
    • Whitedeath Crab Spider
  • German
    • Veränderliche Krabbenspinne
  • Dutch
    • kameleonspin

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Recent observations

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Observer

fmoretzsohn

Date

April 18, 2015

Description

I recently observed a Goldenrod Crab spider, Misumena vatia, on a yellow flower. Since then, I started to check man similar flowers and found a lot of these spiders. The photos shown here were all taken within less than 100 m radius; only a few photos are posted, and I did not take photos of all spiders, as there over 10 spiders in a small area.

In some cases, the spiders bent one or two petals (as seen in some of the photos) and formed a hiding place (the petals appeared to be held in place with silk?). In other flowers, the spider sat in plain view, or were hiding behind the flower.

I did not find more than one spider per flower if there were other spiders, they were not in plain view, at least I did not see them). I did see more than one spider per plant, just not on the same flower.

This species may have different colors, but all of the ones I saw were yellow and blended well with the yellow flowers.

They are nice looking spiders!

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Observer

steve_kerr

Date

June 21, 2012

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What

goldenrod crab spider Misumena vatia

Observer

atreefalling

Date

April 18, 2015

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Hunting on a spiderwort

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What

Goldenrod Crab Spider Misumena vatia

Observer

woodcountyparks

Date

September 2, 2011

Description

Goldenrod Crab Spider seen on back door of WW Knight Nature Center.

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Observer

codyhough

Date

June 25, 2009

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Observer

atur

Date

August 16, 2013 10:02 AM CEST

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What

Goldenrod Crab Spider Misumena vatia

Observer

atur

Date

June 20, 2014 07:54 PM CEST

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sindeebee

Date

March 21, 2015

Description

White female crab spider on a blue dick flower, Dichelostemma capitatum. Grassy slope into fairly flat field.

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What

Goldenrod Crab Spider Misumena vatia

Observer

laceypantalones

Date

March 22, 2015 12:44 PM PDT

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Observer

tommiheikkinen

Date

July 15, 2011

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Observer

enricoschifani

Date

May 27, 2014

Place

Mondello (Google, OSM)

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What

Goldenrod Crab Spider Misumena vatia

Observer

aureliomolinahdz

Date

September 9, 2013 03:11 PM CDT
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Description from Wikipedia

Misumena vatia is a species of crab spider with holarctic distribution. In North America, where it is the largest and best-known flower spider, it is called the goldenrod crab spider or flower (crab) spider, because it is commonly found hunting in goldenrod sprays in the autumn.

No range data available.