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Goldenrod crab spider

Misumena vatia

Goldenrod crab spider

Jeff Hahn, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota

Goldenrod crab spider

Jeff Hahn, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota


Size: 1/10 - 1/3 inch long

Description: Usually yellow or white, but can be brown. The first four legs are longer than the back four and are held out to the sides giving a crab-like appearance.

Where/When: Most common on yellow or white flowers.

Significance: Beneficial as predators of insects. Does not harm people.

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