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baby crab spider - Mecaphesa

baby crab spider - Mecaphesa
Ottawa, Mud Lake, Britannia Conservation Area, Ontario, Canada
July 9, 2010
Size: 1mm approx.
I can't be positive, but I saw female, male and juvenile Misumena Vatia spiders in the area every day and no other type of crab spider, so I'm guessing this is a baby one. I felt sorry for it after watching it scale the 'gigantic' daisy stem only to discover there was no blossom on top. It didn't seem to mind and went into it's crab pose anyway. The other 2 images show it with a lot more detail.

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Moved
Moved from Crab Spiders.

Moved
Moved from Spiders.

Not sure
Knowing the adults in the area certainly is a huge clue. How sure are you on that ID? This spiderling appears to have eyes like Mecaphesa, though I'm not sure how much they might change as it grows.

 
eyes like Mecaphesa...
Could be Mecaphesa. The only reason I suspected Misumena Vatia was the large numbers of these I saw every day nearby. The closest, and only Mecaphesa I ever saw in the area was about 150 meters away.

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