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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
These colorful, delicate spiders make circular webs that are usually positioned horizontally or at an angle to the ground, and 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
These unusual little arachnids, which look something like tiny scorpions but with a rounded (and nonvenomous) hind end, are often overlooked but are filled with biological curiosity. Learn more about these helpful 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

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 ridge-faced flower crab spider on daisy-family flower

Ridge-Faced Flower Spider

Misumenoides formosipes
This small, whitish-yellow or yellowish-brown crab spider is 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 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 are often confused with other crab spiders. They can change color from white to yellow, depending upon the blossoms they are inhabiting. 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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