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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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