White-banded Crab Spider

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
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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.
White-banded Crab Spider (Misumenoides formosipes) I found the yellow-form of this spider on Oenothera biennis at a disturbed forest edge. I accidentally knocked it off of the plant but returned it to the flower promptly!

Females of species have the ability to change color (between yellow and white) to match their hunting grounds (usually flowers). This proves really helpful in ambushing prey and avoiding predators. The process of changing colors can take up to three weeks, and the energetic cost for spiders making these changes can be quite high.
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The spider can be found throughout the United States.
White-banded Crab Spider (Misumenoides formosipes) On Cirsium altissimum at a dense mixed forest edge Geotagged,Misumenoides formosipes,Summer,United States


Males search for sedentary females within a heterogeneous habitat.


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SpeciesM. formosipes