Northeast Gardening forum: Spiders, Beetles, and other Creepy Crawlers

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Name: Celeste
Northernmost and largest state (Zone 5a)
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pixie62560
Aug 4, 2013 6:55 AM CST
I have been observing the Crab Spider which I find fascinating. I don't like spiders but this one has intrigued me for a few years now. It can change colors to match it's surrounding...usually a flower as they do not build webs like a typical spider.

"Thomisidae do not build webs to trap prey, though all of them produce silk for drop lines and sundry reproductive purposes; some are wandering hunters and the most widely known are ambush predators. Some species sit on or beside flowers or fruit, where they grab visiting insects. Individuals of some species, such as Misumena vatia, are able to change color over a period of some days, to match the flower on which they are sitting."
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This one is underneath daylily 'WILD ONE" , I think he did a pretty good job of trying to blend on this one. :)
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Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Aug 4, 2013 7:14 AM CST
Great topic Celeste I like your crab spider, have never seen one here. I do however have a ton of this green one this year for some reason.

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It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Name: Celeste
Northernmost and largest state (Zone 5a)
The Vacation Land!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Region: Northeast US Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Lilies
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pixie62560
Aug 5, 2013 5:55 AM CST
Cool Ronnie! They are really green aren't they?
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Aug 5, 2013 7:00 AM CST
Have never seen a crab spider. Are they just in Maine?
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Aug 5, 2013 8:04 AM CST
Yes Celeste some of them are almost florescent!
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Name: Celeste
Northernmost and largest state (Zone 5a)
The Vacation Land!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Region: Northeast US Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Lilies
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Dog Lover Daylilies Cat Lover Garden Ideas: Level 1
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pixie62560
Aug 5, 2013 8:24 AM CST
They are in other States besides Maine. I think they go unnoticed because they don't build webs which is what most people look for .
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Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Aug 5, 2013 7:19 PM CST

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all neat.. ready for Halloween!!!
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Aug 5, 2013 8:04 PM CST
Here's one for ya Allison Whistling

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It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Aug 5, 2013 8:39 PM CST

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oh yeah babe!
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Aug 6, 2013 4:09 AM CST

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will move my question here.. think the lily beetles will eat 4 o'clocks and croak.. like the Japanese beetles?
Name: Celeste
Northernmost and largest state (Zone 5a)
The Vacation Land!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Region: Northeast US Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Lilies
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Dog Lover Daylilies Cat Lover Garden Ideas: Level 1
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pixie62560
Aug 6, 2013 4:39 AM CST
doubtful but we can hope so!
"A GARDEN IS A LITTLE PATCH OF HEAVEN ON EARTH"
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Aug 6, 2013 4:46 AM CST

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I saw some holes in the leaves already.. nobody home though
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Aug 6, 2013 2:59 PM CST
I have been told that the beetles can eat many plants, but only lay their eggs on lilies & fritillaries. I don't plant the latter either.
Name: jennifer
central nj (Zone 6b)
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flowersrjen
Aug 7, 2013 10:28 PM CST
"It has also been reported that the leaves of the four o'clock also irresistibly draw Japanese beetles to them in a fatal attraction that poisons the little garden pests"

I had read that awhile ago and it suggested you plant around rose bushes
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
Morning Glories Garden Photography Region: Pennsylvania Charter ATP Member Orchids Dragonflies
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1 I helped beta test the first seed swap Bookworm Bee Lover
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luvsgrtdanes
Aug 26, 2013 6:06 AM CST
Didn't want to get too close to this guy!
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Then this one is so cute!
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This is one spider I don't care for
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Lunch!
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It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Name: jennifer
central nj (Zone 6b)
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flowersrjen
Aug 26, 2013 7:35 AM CST
I love daddy long legs
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Aug 26, 2013 5:59 PM CST

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oohhh hate em... too many nightmares about those cabins in Lake George.. and them crawling all over me Blinking
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
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irisarian
Aug 26, 2013 6:03 PM CST
They are inside making cobwebs all over. Prefer such things outside!
Name: Celeste
Northernmost and largest state (Zone 5a)
The Vacation Land!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Region: Northeast US Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Lilies
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Dog Lover Daylilies Cat Lover Garden Ideas: Level 1
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pixie62560
Aug 27, 2013 4:56 AM CST
I find spiders fascinating from a distance...but they are what my nightmares are made of. :)
"A GARDEN IS A LITTLE PATCH OF HEAVEN ON EARTH"
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
Morning Glories Garden Photography Region: Pennsylvania Charter ATP Member Orchids Dragonflies
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1 I helped beta test the first seed swap Bookworm Bee Lover
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luvsgrtdanes
Aug 27, 2013 5:56 AM CST
I only like them from behind the camera Whistling My younger son Joey despises them!
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

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