This very small, very brightly colored spider was found on the top of a wooden fence post in a wooded area. I decided not to capture it. The temperature was approximately 13 degrees Celsius at observation.
The body length was approximately 3mm in length, and the very small size prevented me from making any more measurements. This spider was very oddly colored for its location, but I imagine it was merely in transit. I identified as a crab spider by the bright coloration and the distinctive forelegs. I believe this to be a young female, as they have the ability to change color, and are typically very small and bright.
Female goldenrod spider. 6 frontward facing legs. very large size web. extremely dense and wide abdomen and thorax.
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sitting on yellow flowers very well camouflaged
with bee fly prey (Villa)
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.