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Crab Spider  - Misumena vatia

Crab Spider - Misumena vatia
Banning State Park, Pine County County, Minnesota, USA
July 10, 2014
Here is a crop of the spiders face, which may show more detail.

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Crab Spider  - Misumena vatia Crab Spider  - Misumena vatia

Moved from ID Request.

Nice photo
I would go with Misumena vatia. It seems that all 8 eyes are visible in your photo (more obvious in the other one). The eyes are arranged in an arc, and the four anterior eyes are about the same size. Also, she's not hairy. Let's see if others agree.

We would agree with M. vatia
but these pale ones are always a tough call for us. Misumessus eyes are so similar, but the anterior lateral eyes are usually noticeably but not significantly larger than the medians. And it does seem to be easier to capture all eight eyes at once in a photograph of Misumena than in Misumessus

Thanks to you both
Thanks to both of you for your input. Looking at some of the photos of M. vatia I would say your are probably right. If anyone else has any opinions on the matter, that might be helpful as well. I am definitely not an expert on any arthropod identification, although I try. It would make things a whole lot easier if there were not so many very similar appearing species, each with so much variation within the species!

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