2006 Misumena vatia

Spider of the Year 2006

The flower crab spider

Misumena vatia (Clerck 1757)

Misumena vatia

Misumena vatia


The first European Spider of the Year, chosen for 2006, is the flower crab spider – Misumena vatia (Clerck 1757). Like all crab spiders, Misumena has crab-like legs rotated onto their sides, which give the family its name. The front legs are longer than the back legs. It differs from other European species by its ability to change colour from yellow to white.



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