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Goldenrod Spider

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Common Name: Goldenrod Spider
Scientific Name: Misumena vatia
Range: Throughout United States and Southern Canada
Habitat: Gardens, meadows, yellow or white flowers
This photo was taken in middle Tennessee. This goldenrod spider is perfectly camouflaged in the center of this marigold flower. Also called flower spiders, coloring can vary from yellow to white.

Males goldenrod spiders are around 3mm while females can grow from 5 to 10mm.

As with most spiders in the Thomisidae family they do not spin webs to capture prey, but ambush prey instead. This female would just sit on the marigold and wait for an insect to land, then it would grab it with it's crab like grip.

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