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Yellow Spider- Crab? - Misumena vatia

Yellow Spider- Crab? - Misumena vatia
Aburn, Washington, USA
May 6, 2004
Head and abdomen about 20mm. Seemed to be intent on bending this leaf into a tube.

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Great shot
Don, I'm envious! Of the genus Misumena. Sp, not sure.
This female is guarding an egg sac. You can see the silk that has bound the leaf.

 
Egg Sack
She hadn't actually had a sac yet, and hadn't proceeded very far in bending the leaf. I have some additional pictures of this if you would like them. I plan to return on Sat or Sun to see how it's comming.

 
Just testing
Right, sack that notion. It's probably a resting place; a makeshift cocoon. The spider's grip breaksdown the leaf's durability. I have no idea how long this grip would need to be maintained. It's too early for egg laying. Maybe even early for mating.

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