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Shrub meadow near Coleman (Oconto County), WI
9 August 2000
Robert W. Howe, Cofrin Arboretum Center for Biodiversity
Olympus CL 2500L digital camera

Crab Spider (Misumena vatia) on Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium maculatum)

Crab spiders in the family Thomisidae have a worldwide distribution, with about 125 species in the United States. They do not spin webs, but hide in places like these flowers where they wait to ambush their prey. Bees and flies are common victims. Like crabs, spiders in this family can walk sideways or backward.

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