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Misumena vatia (Goldenrod Crab Spider)

The Goldenrod Spider is a member of the crab spider family. It is best known for its ability to change its color from white to yellow in order to camouflage among flowers. The female is the one most often seen. She is either yellow or white, depending on where she is, with red streaks on her abdomen. The male is dark reddish-brown, with a whitish abdomen with dark red streaks. The male is smaller (about 1/8 inch) than the female (up to 3/8 inch). Goldenrod Spiders are found wherever there are yellow and white flowers, especially goldenrod and daisies. This is usually in a field or garden.

Goldenrod Spiders eat insects, either by hunting on the ground, or by ambushing from a flower. They especially attack bees, butterflies, and flies which visit flowers for nectar. Grasshoppers and other plant-eating insects are also frequent prey. Goldenrod Spiders have small jaws which contain venom. This venom allows them to take on animals much larger than them. Usually, the Goldenrod Spider grabs its prey with its front legs and injects the venom. It then sucks all the body fluids from its prey.

Goldenrod Spiders can walk forwards, backwards, or sideways. They do not build webs. After mating, female Goldenrod Spiders will spin a silk sac to hold eggs. This is done by folding a leaf over the eggs and wrapping the silk around it. The female usually dies before the young spiderlings hatch. They are on their own from the moment they are born.

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By the way, this is a male crab spider, Misumena vatia (Thomisidae) on a Cow parsley flower (Anthriscus sylvestris). The spider is only 4-5 mm in body length.

Photo credit: ©John Hallmén | Locality: unknown

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My four lovely salad babies along with their namesakes and inspiration for their character design.  I’m a nerd, and science is awesome yo! 

 

Echinacea Serotina | Druid | Echinacea is used as a medicinal plant in many cultures in the treatment of wound care along with flu-like symptoms and infections.

Misumena Vatia | Chronomancer | A species of crab spider that changes its color to mimic and blend in with flowers to catch pray.

Erwinia Amylovora | Tempest | Also known as Fire Blight, which is a contagious disease that affects plants making them look blackened, cracked, and shrunken as if scorched by fire.

Yersina Pestis | Reaper | The gram-negative coccobacillus (type of bacterium) that is responsible for causing the Bubonic Plague when it was spread by oriental rat fleas.  

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