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Missouri Tarantula

Video of a Missouri tarantula in the wild.

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orchard orb weaver

Orchard Orb Weaver

Leucauge venusta
Orchard orb weavers are colorful greenish, delicate spiders that make circular webs in low bushes and damp woodlands. They typically hang in the middle of their webs.

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Image of a pseudoscorpion.

Pseudoscorpion

Pseudoscorpion (dead specimen).

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Image of a pseudoscorpion.

Pseudoscorpions

Various species in the order Pseudoscorpionida
Pseudoscorpions are unusual little arachnids. They look something like tiny scorpions but with a rounded (and nonvenomous) hind end. They are often overlooked. Learn more about these fascinating animals.

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Reflections

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"Reflections" for the August 1997 Missouri Conservationist.

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Photo of ridge-faced flower crab spider on daisy-family flower

Ridge-Faced Flower Spider

Misumenoides formosipes
The ridge-faced flower spider is a small, whitish-yellow or yellowish-brown crab spider commonly found in flower heads. Often its carapace is slightly greenish, with a broad whitish-yellow midband bordered by darker, thinner sides of yellowish brown.

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Photo of ridge-faced flower crab spider on daisy-family flower

Ridge-Faced Flower Spider

The ridge-faced flower spider is a small, whitish or yellowish crab spider commonly found in flower heads. Often its carapace is marked with a brownish-yellow V, converging toward the carapace and made up of various spots or stripes.

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Photo of a ridge-faced flower crab spider in center of flower

Ridge-Faced Flower Spider Waiting For Prey

Like other crab spiders, ridge-faced flower spiders don't build webs to net their prey; instead, they wait quietly on flowers and ambush insects as they come for nectar and pollen.

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Right In Your Own Backyard

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These tiny hunters prey on bugs that pollinate our flowers.

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Photo of a smooth flower crab spider, yellow individual, on ox-eye daisy flower

Smooth Flower Crab Spider

Misumena vatia
Smooth flower crab spiders can change color from white to yellow, depending upon the blossoms they're in. The female often has an orange or reddish stripe running along each side of the abdomen, extending from the front to about halfway down the side.

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