This summer I’ve seen five different kinds of spiders at our home in northern Minnesota. I know very little about spiders, so all of them have been identified by the experts at BugGuide.net. The photo on the left shows a female Goldenrod Crab spider which I found in our wildflower garden. Her hunting technique is to be as inconspicuous as possible on a flower and then grab any insect that comes to the flower for nectar. Sure enough, the next day she had a small butterfly in her grasp (photo on the right). The female spider is about 3/8 inch long and the male is about half as long.