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Goldenrod Crab Spider (Misumena vatia)

Order: Araneae (ah-RAY-nee-ee) (Info)
Family: Thomisidae
Genus: Misumena
Species: vatia

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Deer, Arkansas
Marion, Arkansas
Cornelia, Georgia
Norcross, Georgia
Damariscotta, Maine
Skowhegan, Maine
Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
De Tour Village, Michigan
Cole Camp, Missouri
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Copake, New York
La Fayette, New York
Schenectady, New York
Albany, Oregon
Memphis, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Kalama, Washington
Lakewood, Washington
Ellsworth, Wisconsin
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On Apr 29, 2017, cantforgetthis from Austin, TX wrote:

Austin, Texas - I have this creature on my Better Boy tomato plant. It is small, so in order to see it in detail I photographed it in macro. It damaged the leaf on which I found it; an area about 1" x 3/4" is bleached, thin and papery. Is there any particular way to treat for this spider? I have never encountered it before. I can see why it is called a crab spider -- It raises its legs in threat when approached, just the way that crabs do with their claws.

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