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Flower Crab Spiders (Misumena vatia)

Posted on Aug 7, 2014

Flower Crab Spiders (Misumena vatia) are common in temperate zones throughout the northern hemisphere, but they are not easily seen. Even when photographed up close, Meet Your Neighbours-style, they still simply vanish in their natural habitat. Due to their ability to change color between yellow and white (by either incorporating or excreting a yellow pigment into their outer cell layer, respectively) they manage to create the perfect shade of camouflage make-up to blend in with white or yellow flowers in your backyard. You’ll see them during summer and fall, hunting for pollinators such as bees, flies and wasps that visit these flowers. But then maybe you won’t see them…

St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) with Flower Crab Spider (Misumena vatia) Flower Crab Spider (Misumena vatia)