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Misumena vatia (flower spider)

Synonyms: Misumena citrea georgiensis; Misumena modesta; Misumena occidentalis; Misumena personata; Misumena phrygiata

Wikipedia Abstract

Misumena vatia is a species of crab spider with holarctic distribution. In North America, where it is the largest and best-known flower spider, it is called the goldenrod crab spider or flower (crab) spider, because it is commonly found hunting in goldenrod sprays in the autumn. Young males in the early summer may be quite small and easily overlooked, but females can grow up to 10 mm (excluding legs); males reach 5 mm at most.
View Wikipedia Record: Misumena vatia


Diet [1]  Carnivore
Hibernates [1]  Yes
Litter Size [2]  244


Prey / Diet

Adelphocoris quadripunctatus[3]
Amphipoea velata[2]
Apis mellifera (honey bee)[4]
Aporia crataegi (Black-veined White Butterfly)[3]
Atolmis rubricollis (Red-necked Footman Moth)[3]
Bombus fervidus (Golden northern bumble bee)[4]
Bombus pascuorum (Common Carder-bee)[3]
Bombus terricola[2]
Bombus vagans[2]
Colias philodice (clouded sulphur)[4]
Dolichovespula maculata (baldfaced hornet)[4]
Episyrphus balteatus (Marmelade Fly)[3]
Erebia euryale (Large Ringlet)[5]
Eurosta solidaginis (Goldenrod gall fly)[4]
Hemaris thysbe (common clear-wing)[4]
Melanoplus differentialis (Differential Grasshopper)[4]
Melitaea cinxia (Glanville Fritillary)[3]
Papilio polyxenes (Eastern black swallowtail)[4]
Philaenus spumarius (meadow froghopper)[4]
Philanthus bilunatus[5]
Pieris napi (Green-veined White Butterfly)[5]
Pieris rapae (imported cabbageworm)[4]
Triatoma sanguisuga (Eastern blood-sucking cone)[4]
Vespula maculifrons (eastern yellowjacket)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Philodromus rufus1


Anaxyrus americanus americanus (Eastern American Toad)[4]
Lithobates sphenocephalus sphenocephalus (Florida Leopard Frog)[4]
Lithobius forficatus (Brown centipede)[4]
Phidippus audax (Daring Jumping Spider)[4]
Picoides pubescens (Downy Woodpecker)[4]
Plestiodon fasciatus (Five-lined Skink)[4]
Plethodon cinereus (Eastern Red-backed Salamander)[4]
Poecile carolinensis (Carolina Chickadee)[4]
Rabidosa rabida (Rabid wolf spider)[4]
Tenodera aridifolia (Chinese mantid)[4]
Terrapene carolina (Florida Box Turtle)[4]


Ampelocissus latifolia (American ivy)[4]
Asclepias syriaca (broadleaf milkweed)[4]
Daucus carota (bird's nest)[4]
Eutrochium maculatum (Spotted Joe-pye Weed)[4]
Hibiscus moscheutos (crimsoneyed rosemallow)[4]
Impatiens capensis (jewelweed)[4]
Pteridium aquilinum (northern bracken fern)[4]
Rubus laciniatus (Cutleaf Evergreen Blackberry)[4]
Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan)[4]
Symphyotrichum dumosum (Small White Aster)[4]
Taraxacum campylodes (Dandelion)[4]
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)[4]
Verbascum thapsus (great mullein)[4]
Viola pedata (birdfoot violet)[4]





Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Reproductive success and foraging of the crab spider Misumena vatia, Robert S. Fritz and Douglass H. Morse, Oecologia (Berlin) (1985) 65:194-200
3Ecology of Commanster
4Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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