We were so focused on seeing what was “trying to pollinate the flower” that we initially did not notice the spider. 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: Kelly Dix on 5/29/21 near Hamilton, MT