Goldenrod Spider

Misumena vatia

Goldenrod Spider Goldenrod Spider
Female Female
Photo by Eric Williams Photo by Eric Williams
The Goldenrod Spider is 1/4 to 3/8 inch in length.  Often found on goldenrods, this spider hunts from yellow or white flowers in grasslands and gardens throughout the US.  They utilize a sit-and-wait strategy of ambushing their prey instead of spinning the familiar web of many other spiders.  
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