~9mm body length. Seen in our garden on Argyranthemum frutescens. Live oak/chaparral habitat.
I think this is a female Goldenrod Crab Spider due to the pink marks (mostly hidden by the legs)on the side of the spider. Also, note the male crab spider in the second picture, which also looks like images of this species. It has caught some sort of bumble bee. It is sitting on Bistorta bistortoides.
Didn't even see the spider when I took the photo. Apparently the butterfly didn't see it either. Might be a Red-banded hairstreak, which is the first time I've seen one of these, although quite dead in this case.
Five indents on his back in a 'V' shape. Size of 5 cent piece.
Misumena vatia en una flor de cattleya trianae con unaabeja atrapada.
Misumena vatia is a species of crab spider with holarctic distribution. In North America, where it is the largest and best-known flower spider, it is called the goldenrod crab spider or flower (crab) spider, because it is commonly found hunting in goldenrod sprays in the autumn.