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Misumenoides nr. quetzaltocatl  - Misumenoides quetzaltocatl - female

Misumenoides nr. quetzaltocatl - Misumenoides quetzaltocatl - Female
Near the Santa Cruz River, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA
September 19, 2022
The physical specimen was sent to Darrell Ubick. He said that it is very close to Misumenoides quetzaltocatl, although there are some slight differences. Those slight differences might be due to population differences, since the type specimen was collected in Baja California, and this specimen was found in Arizona. In Jimenez's paper describing this species, she says, "Etymology .—The specific name is derived from the Nahuatl word "quetzalli" which means "green and beautiful plumage" and "tocatl" which means "spider" . The name denotes the green coloration of this species." I found about 10 or twelve of these females, and all were this color (a dark green carapace with a white spot, and the abdomen the same as this one.) Even two females found sitting on yellow flowers had the same colors as the specimen shown here.