Unidentified

Picture ID 156463

Picture of unidentified spider

Comments & ID Thoughts

Crab Spider as found 5/16/22 in my front yard. I did not touch it or provoke the spider and was able to get a pretty good picture on my phone and then move along. Leaving the Wolf Spider to do what they do.

  • Submitted by: 
    Cannagrower
  • Submitted: May 17, 2022
  • Photographed: May 16, 2022
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Oregon City, Oregon, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Low foliage (shrubs, herbs, garden, excluding flowers)
  • Found in web?: No
  • Attributes:
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LittleSlingLover

This appears to be the Goldenrod Crab Spider, Misumena vatia.

TangledWeb

I think it’s Misumenoides formosipes, Misumena vatia has yellow around the eyes. M. formosipes has a red or white band under the eyes and a greater range of colors it can be. They have the same default appearance otherwise, when they haven’t changed their colors. The eye area colors are vague in the photo, I don’t see yellow. What do you think?

LittleSlingLover

I see what you mean. I don’t see yellow either, now that you pointed that out. Definitely looks like it could be M. formosipes.

TangledWeb

That’s okay! This is a spider that can change colors to match what it sees around it. The colors that it is able to change to varies with the species. I love seeing pictures of them to see what they are capable of matching theirselves to.