Goldenrod Crab Spider

Misumena vatia – These have to be the craftiest spiders I know of. This one was waiting for flies to land on the rose blossom to grab and eat. Double-click image for a closer look.

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

© Peter Hillman ♦ 21st June 2019 ♦ Back garden, Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

30 thoughts on “Goldenrod Crab Spider

  1. I absolutely love crab spider, Pete, and lament the fact that I see them so rarely. Beautiful capture of this one–we all know that roses have thorns, but apparently other dangers lurk as well.

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    1. Thank you, MIke. These spiders never fail to fascinate me, and I guess I am lucky for I do keep finding them around the garden.


  2. Wow, those eyes are looking right back at all of us! What a fascinating spider. If we have that variety here I’ve never seen it. Cool capture!

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    1. Thank you, Sandra 🙂 They are masters of disguise, so I guess they are being effective there at hiding in full view – which is what they do in hoping a fly will land near thinking they are part of the flower.

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    1. Thank you very much, Dwight 🙂 I am okay, self isolating because I still have breathng issues which are as yet undiagnosed, but probably linked to a virus I had last year. Damn these viruses. I hope you and yours are safe and well there.

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  3. I don’t generally like spiders, but for some reason these little guys don’t bother me – perhaps because they don’t look so spidery. (It’s the legs; it’s always all those d*** legs.) Our crab spiders favour the yellow coreopsis we have at our cottage; you never have to look far to find one. I do admire their camo abilities!

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