Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia


Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia)

Female discovered in garden. 2nd Occtober 2016. © Peter Hillman

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia male

Male discovered near local river.
20th May 2018. © Peter Hillman

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia male

Male discovered near local river.
20th May 2018. © Peter Hillman

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

Female discovered near local river.
16th July 2019. © Peter Hillman

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia male

Male discovered near local river.
20th May 2018. © Peter Hillman

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

Female discovered in garden..
21st June 2019. © Peter Hillman

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

Female in local field.
7th July 2019. © Peter Hillman

Family Thomisidae (Crab spiders)

Body length 3-11mm.

Sometimes called the Flower Spider, the female of the species may be yellow, white, or green depending which flower it is on. The stripes on the abdomen and thorax can also be variable, again making the best of its camouflage. The male is smaller, less variable, has a brown carapace, a buff-coloured abdomen, and longer legs.

This spider can change its colour to blend in with its surroundings, particularly flower heads on which it sits in wait for other insects, especially flies, bees and butterflies to feed, before the it grabs it with its long legs to feed upon it.

The adults are seen April to July. Found in flowery places such as meadows and gardens. Reasonably common in the south, less so in Wales and rare in Scotland.