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White-banded crab spider The pattern of markings on females is variable and the overall colour of this spider can change between white and yellow dependent on the colour of the surroundings. <br />
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The common name refers to the white line that runs through the plane of their eyes.<br />
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Female 10 mm body length Araneae,Geotagged,Misumenoides formosipes,Summer,Thomisidae,United States,White-banded Crab Spider,arachnid,arthropod,fauna,invertebrate,macro,pennsylvania,white-banded crab spider,yellow spider Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

White-banded crab spider

The pattern of markings on females is variable and the overall colour of this spider can change between white and yellow dependent on the colour of the surroundings.

The common name refers to the white line that runs through the plane of their eyes.

Female 10 mm body length

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  1. I just started going through the new uploads and your entry came up. That is a image to be jealous of and of course I also learned something. I didn’t know that there are spiders who can change coloration according to surroundings. Posted one year ago
    1. Indeed there are! How about this Backobourkia brouni orb weaver from these parts Ernst, seen here on a yellow Duranta leaf, the second is Eriophhora pustulosa spotted on a house wall. Amazing how perfect the colour matching to the surrounding is. Both are seen usually as a brown colour!

      Backobourkia orb weaver Backobourkia is an example of one of the spiders that make the familiar vertical orb-web usually at face level. <br />
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The web is usually eaten after a night's use and renewed the next evening. During the day the spiders remain in a hiding place  nearby such as here on a Duranta repens leaf. <br />
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This is a pale form, matching perfectly to its surroundings. The pattern of projections on the upper surface of the abdomen is characteristic of this genus. As of April 2019, genus Backobourkia contains only three species: B. brouni, B. collina, and B. heroine. B.brouni tend to dominate here in the east. <br />
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Body length 15mm. <br />
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 Araneae,Araneidae,Australia,Backobourkia brouni,Geotagged,Summer,arachnid,arthropod,fauna,invertebrate,macro,new south wales,orb weaver


      Eriophora pustulosa This is by far the palest E. pustulosa I've come across - and of note is the similarity to the wall upon which I found it resting. It was the first time I considered the variability of camouflage of these spiders. Up until this point, they have all been light brown to dark brown. <br />
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Female 10 mm Araneae,Araneidae,Australia,Australian garden orb weaver spider,Camouflage,Eriophora pustulosa,Garden orb weaver spider,Geotagged,Macro,Spider,Spring,arachnid,arthropod,invertebrate

      Posted one year ago
  2. Pure excellence, Ruth! Posted one year ago
    1. Glad you enjoyed, thanks Ferdy. Posted one year ago
  3. A true chameleon Ruth. Great find and information Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks Niel! Posted one year ago
  4. Such an amazing species and caption, also a perfect image! Posted one year ago
    1. Cheers Wesley! Posted one year ago

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''Misumenoides formosipes'' is a species of crab spiders found in the US and Canada. The species' unofficial common name is white banded crab spider, which refers to a white line that runs through the plane of their eyes.

Similar species: Spiders
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Jul 14, 2021. Captured Aug 31, 2015 12:28 in 85 Park View Rd, Venetia, PA 15367, USA.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/3.5
  • 1/197s
  • ISO100
  • 100mm