Misumenoides formosipes

Misumenoides formosipes

''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.
Whitebanded crab spider 10 mm body length
Female Geotagged,Macro,Misumenoides formosipes,Pennsylvania,Spider,Summer,Thomisidae,United States,Whitebanded crab spider,arachnid,arthropod,invertebrate

Appearance

This species is a sit-and-wait predator that captures pollinators as they visit the inflorescences on which the spider sits. The spider has strong front legs which are used to seize prey. The female spider is much larger than the male. The length of females is 5.0–11.3 millimetres and the length of males is 2.5–3.2 mm . The pattern of markings on females is variable and the overall color of the body can change between white and yellow dependent on the color of their surroundings. The color pattern for males, which does not change in their lifetime, differs from females in that the four front legs of males are dark brown and the abdomen is gold. The spider can be found throughout the United States. Males search for sedentary females within a heterogeneous habitat.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassArachnida
OrderAraneae
FamilyThomisidae
GenusMisumenoides
SpeciesM. formosipes