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Old 07-30-2011, 08:46 PM
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Ugh, bugs!


I noticed last night that one of my mints (lavender if that matters) had a small white spider on it, I went out to check & I found another one today.
My first thought was spider mites, but when I looked them up the only ones I found were red/orange colored (these are almost transparent white) & from what I read they are tiny (these are about half the size of a grain of rice but were visible by just looking).
Plus the plant doesn't seem to be showing any signs of distress & there aren't any webs on the underside of the leaves nor any blemishes on it.
What are they?
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Old 07-30-2011, 09:38 PM
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It is most likely a crab spider! they come in a variety of colors, but they are most often white. They eat Bugs that come to visit you plants. Mostly flies and earwigs sometimes others. they are harmless to people. I would consider them a friend in the garden.
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Old 07-31-2011, 03:19 PM
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I think those might be it, I took the other two off & put them on the tree & I didn't see any at all today
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Old 07-31-2011, 06:32 PM
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Crab spiders change color to suit the plant they are on. They do not use webs. They hunt by creeping up on their prey. I would think yours may not be a crab spider if it is so small. I will attch one for you. You can see it is big.
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Kildale View Post:
Crab spiders change color to suit the plant they are on. They do not use webs. They hunt by creeping up on their prey. I would think yours may not be a crab spider if it is so small. I will attach one for you. You can see it is big.
Maybe that isn't it then, these are teensy tiny, if it wasn't bright white I probably wouldn't have noticed it. I believe I've seen them on other plants in the yard (our yard is mostly surrounded by woods) before, but I never really paid attention.
For comparison, it's about this size, maybe a little smaller:
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Maybe a baby one. To cute!1 My son-inLaw would have a fit if he seen that Pic. He is a big sissy when it comes to spiders.
I have the little white ones here as well they do look like tiny crabs I have also seen some big ones that are lime green. I let them be.
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