We keep finding excuses to feature these spiders, but this is a really good one! This picture does an excellent job of showing off sexual dimorphism. What may look like a different species of spider on top is actually a male. The male’s body is quarter the size of the female’s. The males often hide on the underside of leaves. If you missed the previous descriptions of this spider, be sure to read on. Goldenrod Crab spiders are masters at blending in. These spiders can change their color over several days (ranging from yellow to white) in order to better blend in with their environment. You most often find them patiently “sitting and waiting” amongst flowers for an unsuspecting bee, fly, or other pollinator to become their next meal.
Photo by Glenn Marangelo on 6/22/20 in Condon, MT.