Goldenrod crab spider

Goldenrod crab spider, Credit: Dan Schneider

goldenrod_crab_spider_dan_schneider_2_v7Description: 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

Goldenrod crab spider, Credit: Dan Schneider

Goldenrod crab spider, Credit: Dan Schneider

Goldenrod crab spider, Credit: Peter Ferguson

Goldenrod crab spider, Credit: Peter Ferguson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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