Misumena vatia (Goldenrod Crab Spider)

The Goldenrod Spider is a member of the crab spider family. It is best known for its ability to change its color from white to yellow in order to camouflage among flowers. The female is the one most often seen. She is either yellow or white, depending on where she is, with red streaks on her abdomen. The male is dark reddish-brown, with a whitish abdomen with dark red streaks. The male is smaller (about 1/8 inch) than the female (up to 3/8 inch). Goldenrod Spiders are found wherever there are yellow and white flowers, especially goldenrod and daisies. This is usually in a field or garden.

Goldenrod Spiders eat insects, either by hunting on the ground, or by ambushing from a flower. They especially attack bees, butterflies, and flies which visit flowers for nectar. Grasshoppers and other plant-eating insects are also frequent prey. Goldenrod Spiders have small jaws which contain venom. This venom allows them to take on animals much larger than them. Usually, the Goldenrod Spider grabs its prey with its front legs and injects the venom. It then sucks all the body fluids from its prey.

Goldenrod Spiders can walk forwards, backwards, or sideways. They do not build webs. After mating, female Goldenrod Spiders will spin a silk sac to hold eggs. This is done by folding a leaf over the eggs and wrapping the silk around it. The female usually dies before the young spiderlings hatch. They are on their own from the moment they are born.

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By the way, this is a male crab spider, Misumena vatia (Thomisidae) on a Cow parsley flower (Anthriscus sylvestris). The spider is only 4-5 mm in body length.

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Goldenrod Crab Spider (Misumena vatia)

is a species of crab spider found throughout North America. This spider can be one of two colors, yellow or white, which they can change between depending on which flower they are on. This doesn’t happen through chromatophores like most color changing animals do, this spider instead secretes a yellow pigment on the outer cell layer of the body which then gets transported to the lower cell layers so that the inner glands become visible. This spider like most is dimophic as females are two times as large a the males.



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misspentaghast asked:

♠ ☼♔ and ♥ for vatia ;~)

 - What are they afraid of?

Confinement, failure, thunder, darkness, darkspawn, loss.

☼ - Something that/Someone who makes them happy.

She loves to win, in battle or otherwise. The feeling of contentment she gets from dismantling her adversaries could never be beaten. At least, that’s what she thinks. Finding a lover and a partner in the Iron Bull might just top it.

♔ - Do they value loyalty?

Yes, above all. If she can’t trust the men and women at her side then who can she trust? As an extension she takes deceit seriously *coughs* Blackwall

 - What does ‘love’ mean to them? 

Love is strange. Love is safety and protection, danger and sacrfice. Love is worried cries echoing across the battlefield. Love is hope and beauty and tracing the scars that cover his skin.