This species of spider uses camouflage as its primary defense, but will bite as well. They are able to change their coloration over the course of several days to blend in better with their surroundings.
They are an ambush spider, jumping on their prey. They do this instead of spinning webs.
Males are yellow with red bands or spots on their abdomen. Females are completely white or yellow, lacking bands or spots.
A female lays an egg sac, usually under a leaf, and diligently guards it until the spiderlings hatch (in approximately 3 weeks). She dies shortly thereafter.
Common name: Goldenrod Crab Spider
Scientific Name: Misumena vatia
Other Names: Flower Spider
Adult Size (Length): 3mm to 9mm (0.12in to 0.35in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: Yellow; red
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
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