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  • Crab Spider

    Scientific Name: 
    Misumenoides formosipes

    Crab spiders may be white or yellow to match the flower color that they are hiding on while waiting for the pollinator to arrive.  The prey item (fly or bee) is quickly grabbed with the crab-like front legs and then bitten with the two fangs.  The spider may take most of the day to feed on its prey.  Photos by Laurel Woodley

    Garden Location: 
    Greenhouse Area
    Misumenoides formosipes feeding on a fly
    Misumenoides formosipes waiting for a fly
    Viewing Months: 
    Sep
    Oct
    Nov
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