A Rare Male


Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia) – I see the female plenty of times around the garden, but hardly ever the male. This one must have been real hungry perched on the edge of a petal trying to grab passing flies.


Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia male

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia male

© Peter Hillman ♦ 20th May 2018 ♦ Rear garden, Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200


The Crab, The Bee And Three Flies

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

This mighty female crab spider (Misumena vatia) grabs itself a nice bee for lunch and these three little freeloader flies want their piece of it as well.

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July 2019, local field, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Caught In A Deadly Trap

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

I have never seen anything quite like this before. A butterfly snared by a crab spider.

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July 2019, local field, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

On The Edge … Again

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … only if you want to look her in her many eyes!


This is the crab spider Misumena vatia, and a lovely female on the edge of one of my flowerpots.

June 2019, rear garden, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

In Death’s Embrace

Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia)

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A sweat bee snared by a Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia). June 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Mimicking Wallpaper

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

I initially discovered this little Misumena vatia on the wallpaper near my living room window. This spider notoriously mimicks its background so it can fool and capture prey to feed on. I think it is the first time I have seen one with dark stripes on its back. I did the photo shoot outside.

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia


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Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia, April 2018, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman

Come To Me

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

A juvenile Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia) posing on a rose, waiting for dinner to arrive within its deadly clutches.

September 2017, rear garden, Staffordshire, England.

Goldenrod On Goldenrod

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia), found it on my Canadian Goldenrod this morning. It is one of my favourite spiders. Unfortuantely when I tried to take its picture on the Goldenrod it panicked and fell off, but I caught its silk strand and helped it to a brickwall to get these shots.

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

Front garden, Staffordshire, England. July 2017.

Catch of The Day

Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia) with prey

Our friend is here again, the Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia), in his (or I should say ‘her’) favourite spot on my Spotted Laurel bush at the bottom of the garden. She has another great catch, a flesh fly which looks about equal to her size. She didn’t like me getting too close though, for as I poked my lens nearer she slowy crept behind the leaf, hauling her prey with her out of sight. She obviously likes to dine in private.

Please click on the image for a more up close and personal look. Click again, if you have eaten, to move in just a little closer …

Caught In a Deadly Trap

Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia) with prey

After patiently waiting and biding her time, this crab spider finally catches herself a meal as the fly was attracted to the sweetness of the shrubs flowers.


Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia), rear garden, Staffordshire, England. April 2017.

Onto Sweeter Things

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

Now this crab spider is on the flowers of the Spotted Laurel. Please click image for a larger, more detailed view.


Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia), rear garden, Staffordshire, April 2017.

Crafty Little Devil

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

I have mentioned my Spotted Laurel (Aucuba japonica) before, and how it attracts flies and bees, and other insects as it is sited in a sunny position in my garden and the insects like to just bask under the sun, warming themselves. But just look at this spider, and see how it has tried to blend itself in with the leaf. This spider, the Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia), doesn’t need webs to capture its prey, but cunning and the ability to change colour, and a big pair of crab-like pincer legs.

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

What gets me is how it knows this is a chillzone for insects? Is it instinct? Genetic memory? Chance? Or maybe a mixture of factors? Maybe it is just basking in the sun itself. I don’t think so, because it had made itself small and blob like, until it sensed me doing his photo shoot session. Whatever it is, it is one crafty little devil.

Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia

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Goldenrod Spider Misumena vatia


Goldenrod Spider (Misumena vatia), rear garden, Staffordshire, April 2017.