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White spider - Misumena vatia - female

White spider - Misumena vatia - Female
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
August 11, 2004
A very small spider tucked up in a flower, No web around. The name would be appreciated.

white spider
Misumenoides formosipes? There is no yellow around the eyes, which misumena vatia would have. M. formosipes has greenish "suspenders" markings.

I have found these spiders spin webs further down the plants. The curl a leaf or two and use their webs to pin them into place. They don't use their webs for catching their prey.

leaf + web
This is the way the spider protects it's egg sac. M. vatia often stays with the eggs until they hatch to protect them from ant attack etc They don't eat during this time and at Canadian latitudes would only produce one egg sac before dying. A researcher from Maine by the name of Douglass Morse has spent much of his career studying these spiders - his book was published a year or 2 ago called Predator upon a Flower. His main interest is evolution and life time fitness but the book also contains more natural history than you would want to know.

Thanks for the info, I will look out for that.

What a great specimen! There is something very regal about a white spider...very cool!

Hi Scott. It really caught my eye, it was strange just to see it in the flower waiting for something to come to it.

Nice Pic!
Looks similar to a Goldenrod Spider, but I've never seen a white one. Very cool.

Thanks for the info. I looked it up in Bugs of BC and it says "the spider is yellow, and sometimes white" So I thank you for your help.

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