Description: A fairly large crab spider. Females measure 5 – 10 millimetres, and males are smaller, at 3 – 4 millimetres. Although colour in this species varies, it is typically yellow or white with red streaks on each side of the abdomen, and with a reddish or orange patch around the eyes. This species closely resembles the whitebanded crab spider (Misumenoides formosipes), which has a white or pale ridge below its eyes to distinguish it from the goldenrod crab spider.
Habitat: Meadows, where the spider often waits for prey on yellow or white flowers
Range: Throughout southern Canada and the United States
Seasonality: Summer to early fall
Trivia: To camouflage on white or yellow flowers, this spider is capable of changing colour over a period of days, from white to yellow or yellow to white.