My father-in-law found this spider in his garden in Sudbury Ontario Canada. Any idea of what it is? Is it harmless?
John Sauve

Hi John,
Your father-in-law found a Crab Spider, also known as a Goldenrod Spider or Flower Spider, Misumena vatia. It is harmless except to flying critters that visit the flowers it is usually hiding upon.

One Response to Crab Spider

  1. Vern Hibbard, Iron Bridge Ontario says:

    …and they can run like an Olympic runner. My wife had this one on a stick and when it hit the pavement, it hit the pavement running!! IT FLEW!!!

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