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Flower Crab Spider - Misumena vatia - male

Flower Crab Spider - Misumena vatia - Male
Enumclaw, Forested Unincorporated King County, Washington, USA
October 7, 2009
Size: 4mm
This immature male had just caught a small flying beetle. I don't know what kind of flower this is that we have, but there were many generations of flower crab spiders living on them. Now that the weather is bad (and we just had a wind storm) there are practically no flowers left. I saw a lot of the spiders ballooning away two days before the storm. It's like they 'knew'!?

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Moved from Flower Crab Spiders.

ID to species via Rod Crawford:
"any Misumena you find automatically has to be M. vatia. It's the only
species in N. America and possibly the only species that really
belongs in this genus in the world (there are several others listed
from various countries but mostly nobody's seen them for a generation
or more)."

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

I second Misumena
The absence of thoracic setae and the configuration of eyes suggests Misumena to me as well. Misumenoides has a clearly defined ridge on which the eyes are located and Misumenops is extremely hairy.

Not an ID but
makes me think Misumena vatia, but I'm no expert.

 
Thanks guys!
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