I was torn over whether to kill it or let it live...I do have a fondness for bees
Common Name : Goldenrod Crab Spider
Other Common Names:Flower Crab Spider, Yellow Crab Spider, White Crab Spider, Smooth Crab Spider
Pronunciation: miz-YOU-men-uh VAY-tee-uh
In Greek, Misumena translates to a feminine “object of hate” or “being hated” (Cameron 2005). In Latin, the species name vatia means “bowlegged.” (Clerck’s original naming of the species, Araneus vatius, was simply meant to mean “bowlegged spider,” but the species was later moved to genus Misumena.)
Common on all sorts of flowers, herbs, and shrubs in pastures, gardens, orchards, and other similar places. Goldenrod flowers are well-known places to find them, as well as milkweed (milkweed is one of their most preferred sites for laying their eggs and guarding them until they hatch).
This species is a sit-and-wait predator that does not use a web for prey capture. Instead, they sit perched atop flowers with their front pairs of legs spread open wide in preparation for capturing whatever unlucky insect comes near. They do, however, produce safety lines (in case of a fall) and egg sacs out of their silk.
Males mature in spring and summer, females in the first half of summer.
Like many spider species, this one is opportunistic and will eat whatever insect or spider it can capture. Because of their chosen habitat, the majority of their diet includes pollinators (e.g. bumblebees, honeybees, butterflies, moths, syrphid flies, etc). Interestingly, the male Goldenrod Crab Spider has even been known to sometimes dine on flower pollen. Primarily daytime feeders, they are also known to feed late into the night on warm days when insect activity is high, which suggests that they are not solely dependent on their vision for capturing prey.
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