Goldenrod crab spider one sneaky customer
Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 06:00 am
Goldenrod crab spider
Misumena vatia, a.k.a. flower crab spider.
Small yellow or white spider with long front legs and a crab-like body. Females have red or pink racing stripes on the sides of their body.
Sitting on a small yellow or white flower, front legs outstretched.
Occasionally confused with:
Flowers, or bees (if you only see their lunch).
Carl Alexander Clerck first identified this spider as Araneus vaitus (“bowlegged spider”) in 1757. Its current name roughly translates as “bowlegged object of hate.”