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