Flower crab spider

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Flower crab spider
Misumena vatia female Luc Viatour 1.jpg
Misumena vatia female
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Infraorder: Araneomorphae
Family: Thomisidae
Genus: Misumena

M. vatia (Goldenrod crab spider)

42 species

Flower crab spiders are crab spiders of the genus Misumena.

The goldenrod crab spider is the largest and most well-known of the North American flower spiders, commonly seen hunting in goldenrod sprays in autumn. It can change its color between white and yellow to match the flower it is sitting on. The color change takes a few days.



  • Platnick, Norman I. (2008): The world spider catalog, version 8.5. American Museum of Natural History.

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