Misumena vatia

    Description

    It can change colour from white to pale green to yellow to match the flower it is hiding on. The thorax often has two pale green lines and the abdomen can have two red stripes.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    This spider is found on flowers where it lies very still and supremely camouflaged.

    When to see it

    Mainly from May to June, but sometimes as late as August.

    Life History

    It waits to catch insects that come to the flower to feed, including bees and butterflies.

    UK Status

    Reasonably common, particularly in the south of Britain, less common in Wales and few records from Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Further Information

    1469 British records to Jan 2013

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map