Picture ID 147305

Picture of unidentified spider

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Goldenrod crab spider https://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.php?identification=Goldenrod-Crab-Spider

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  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2021
  • Photographed: Aug 15, 2021
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Low foliage (shrubs, herbs, garden, excluding flowers)
  • Found in web?: No
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The identification is not correct. Does this photo belong to insectidentification.org? We don’t identify photos used without permission. I’m happy to do it if it is approved.


No problem. She’s a Crab Spider with a greater range of color change abilities. She’s a White-banded Crab Spider, Misumenoides formosipes. The white band in her common name runs under her eyes. That is a ID clue the other site missed. She’s in her base color here. The colors and linear patterns she sees around her triggers pigments in liquid to trade places in her body which can change her body and legs and markings to new colors. The Goldenrod Crab Spider does white with pink or yellow with red. Yours can do shades of pink, tan, light blue, violet,… Read more »