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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

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Philodromus rufus1





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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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