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Monday, July 12, 2010

Misumena vatia


The little creature you see above, caused quite a ruckus here on Friday! It had settled itself on a white car. Carolyn spotted it and came running in to tell us about the spider that looked like a skull.

Its legs were practically see-thru and it was so very, very white, I assumed it must be an albino. Lois took the photo and I sent it off to some friends, one of whom identified it as Misumena vatia or a goldenrod spider sent a link to this page on Wikipedia. She also mentioned that it was the inspiration for Edvard Munch's "The Scream."

We have lots of spider books here in the library, including The World of the Spider by Adrienne Mason [595.4 MAS], which is full of colorful photos.

Munch picture courtesy WebMuseum

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