Misumena vatia (Clerck, 1757) Discussion

goldenrod crab spider

Comments on June 29, 2007 Observation

Pamela Martin
44.4297, -77.2302
Submitted: June 29, 2007 at 6:52:29 AM MST

Misumena vatia (Pamela Martin [June 29, 2007])

I found three more of these spiders in the garden just outside the front door yesterday. Two were in shasta daisies, one in lady's mantle. Lady's mantle flowers are greenish, small and non-descript, but this is the second flower crab spider I've found in them. I didn't report the first because of the possiblity that it is the same spider as one already reported. I think they are all female based on their colour--but since two are very small if males develop their dark legs later in life then I don't know the sex of the two smallest.

I'm uploading an image of the largest of the three.

I should note as well that I am quite sure that all the spiders I've reported here are different individuals, and all reported so far have been found in my front yard.

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David P. Shorthouse wrote on June 29, 2007 at 2:46:13 PM MST

Nice post Pamela! I should let you know that there are some rudimentary checks in place in Spider WebWatch that attempt to prevent submissions on the same spider. They aren't perfect but they're the best I could dream up. For instance, you cannot submit a second observation of the same species within a certain window of time and within a certain geographic range. Of course one could fudge their way around that, so these are meant to be more like gentle reminders. Keep 'em coming!