Aaargth! It’s another white one!
This is Misumena vatia. In Britain we call it the Crab Spider but in North America where the Goldenrod grows it is known as the Goldenrod Spider or simply the Flower Spider.
This spider is an ambush predator, it hides on flower heads and waits for it’s prey to arrive.
It has the ability to change colour to match the flower it is hiding on and they do come in beautiful golden yellow. All I ever find is white ones.
The closest that I have ever come to a golden spider was in May of last year. This one does look a little bit jaundiced.
I suppose the thing to do would be to get myself a nice yellow pot plant and keep it in a cage on my windowsill and then add spiders. (I am probably going to do that next)
I don’t feel qualified to write about Misumena vatia without being able to show it’s amazing colour changing abilities.
Yesterday I found a white one.
It isn’t an irrational fear, it is a very sensible fear. All over the world there are Spiders that can give you a very painful bite and some that can kill you. Everybody should have an instinctive fear of spiders.
A lot of people in Britain have this same fear so I think that it must be imprinted within us from birth, some primitive memory passed on genetically.
There are no dangerous spiders in Britain, very, very few have strong enough mouth parts to even pierce human skin. (The Natural History Museum has a short list of those that can, if you want to worry about it UK Spider Bites 🙂 )