Misumena vatia
(Golden-rod Crab Spider)

Picture ID 56875

Picture of Misumena vatia (Golden-rod Crab Spider) - Dorsal

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Oh my goodness! I was just trimming some of the hedges in front of my house and this guy dropped out of the trimmings!! I’ve never in my life seen a spider like this!! It looks like a softball white widow crab spider....crazy looking!! Is this poisonous?!

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TangledWeb

Yes she is. I like your description of her. I think these are really cool spiders. They have the ability to release a chemical into their cells or excrete it from their bodies to change colors. They can form many plant colors and markings that match too. They’ll position themselves in a spot where insects are likely to stop by. They hold still and align their legs to the visual linear pattern around them. When prey is near the spider puts her first pair of legs up to grab it quickly. Fangs are plunged into the prey to inject paralyzing… Read more »

TangledWeb

Gosh, thanks! I wish we could update some common names too. My favorite is a common name for invasive swallow-wort vines, “Dog Strangling Vine.” Gotta wonder how that was such a routine occurrence that it became a common name! Almost all spiders have venom for killing prey. They have the ability to regulate how much they use for a particular bite. Most venom is evolved for toxicity for insects or other arachnids. Some do have the ability to kill mammals, like the recently famous spider seen dragging a rat up a refrigerator or the one found to have killed an… Read more »

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Picture of Misumena vatia (Golden-rod Crab Spider) - Dorsal Enlarge Picture