This small Misumena Spider hid under an Aster flower until a
happened by for a meal. When I got there, it was way
too late for the butterfly, but I did capture the spider for pictures,
and to remove it from my yard so it can't eat any more of my
The Misumena spider looks a little rough; it's missing a
palp, and I think it might have an infected eye.
... and a big thank you to Bill Kern for letting me know that my evil
butterfly eating spider is a Flower crab spider, Misumenops celer
(Family Thomisidae). He's doing a
so if you catch a house spider in South
Florida, please check his site for directions on how to package your
spider to send
it to him.