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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: Ghostly White Spider

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2012
1:32 PM

Post #9272152

Found this neat looking spider today hanging out on an Achillea. What is its name?

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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2012
2:04 PM

Post #9272177

White-banded Crab and a very pretty one.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/138006

greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2012
4:02 PM

Post #9272314

kwanjin - a week ago you identified a very similar spider I posted saying "I think it's a Goldenrod Crab Spider. Misumena vatia.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/6751 "

I don't care which it is, I just think they both are the same.

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FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2012
7:05 PM

Post #9272504

kwanjin, Here's another pic and is the last one I was able to capture. What I thought was interesting, besides being white, were the dimples on its back. Do these mean anything? Do White-Banded Crab Spiders have the ability to change colors or do they remain White?

greenthumb99, What a great shot of your Spider eating a fly. We don't live that far apart and wonder if yours might be the same one too. It'll be interesting to learn and find out.



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kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2012
7:13 PM

Post #9272508

Not sure what the dimples are or do but the spider is large enough to have it's full color. They vary widely from what I can see.

GT, your spider may, indeed, be the same. They are so close as to not make much difference. They are both Flower Crabs.

greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2012
7:21 PM

Post #9272516

FruitOfTheVine - I was lucky enough to witness the incident. As I was getting situated to take photo of the spider a fly landed on the flower head. In a flash the spider reached up and grabbed it. The litter of dead flies around the plant reminded me of a time when there was a preying mantis on my Anise Hyssop and the ground below was littered with butterfly wings.
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2012
8:26 PM

Post #9272620

Thank you again, kwanjin. He or she was fat with prey or eggs. I'd prefer to think whatever sex it was had just digested a few pesky Face Flies.

greenthumb99, How amazing you were eye witness! My encounter today was purely happenstance while weeding. It was an entertaining experience, but far less dramatic than yours.

Neither my husband nor me, or a neighbor who stopped by while I was taking photos, had ever seen a white spider. Or at least none of us have ever noticed one up close. This time of year Orb weavers are prevalent and love seeing their perfectly formed webs glistening with morning dew.

Should I mark this thread closed?

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

September 11, 2012
8:56 PM

Post #9272674

You're very welcome. Close it only if you're satisfied with the ID.

GT, you got lucky with that shot. Very nice! ^_^

These are also Flower Crabs.

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

September 16, 2012
2:29 AM

Post #9276410

great pics!
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 2, 2012
5:01 PM

Post #9294033

That fellow stayed in the same exact spot for days but has now moved on.

Will mark this one solved, thanks to all of you for your help and comments.

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