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The Flower Crab Spider (Misumena vatia) is of the family Thomisidae which is in the genus Misumena. It occurs in the temperate regions of Europe and North America where it is known as Goldenrod Crab Spider or more simply Flower Spider.
Only the female can change colour normally either from white to yellow or visa versa but this can be a protracted process. The minute black and white male can be a real challenge to locate.
Patrick J. O'Keeffe / Raw Birds
Monday, 20 July 2020
FLOWER CRAB SPIDER (Misumena vatia) female with bumblebee prey Lullymore West Bog, I.P.C.C. Nature Reserve, Lullymore, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Labels: arachnids, Co. Kildare, Flower Crab Spider, Flower Spider, I.P.C.C. Reserve, invertebrates, Ireland, Irish Bogs, Irish Spiders, Lullymore, Lullymore West Bog, Misumena vatia, Spiders of Europe, Spiders of Ireland