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Misumena vatia ?  female and male?

Misumena vatia ? female and male?
Zim, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA
July 1, 2013
Size: 1 cm
Is that the male spider that appears to be holding the female around the "neck"? I did not see this until I studied my photos later! The victim is a silver-bordered fritillary Boloria selene.

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Misumena vatia ?  female and male? Misumena vatia ?  female and male? - male - female

Moved
Moved from ID Request. The female does look like M. vatia, but I agree the male looks weird.

 
It looks like we see two cephalothorax
and two abdomens, but only one set of legs. It is as if during his final molt, the old skin didn't separate completely or something.

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My first thought was that the little one was a Mecaphesa. Interesting photo.

Interesting,
it does not have the color pattern of a mature male Misumena vatia. Wonder if this is a subadult male? There is something strange in the body shape. It may be that it is going through its final molt right now, or that something went haywire with that final molt. It will be interesting to hear what others make of this image. Nice find.

 
Male spider
I do have another photo or two with a different angle, if that might help. Jerry

Wow.
Just wow :)

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