strange yellow spider?? Southern CA
Location: Orange County, CA
October 6, 2010 10:15 pm
I photographed this yellow spider on my daughter’s umbrella. Thought it might have changed color to match/blend in? It was exactly the same yellow!
When I blew gently on him, the front legs, which1st appeared to be only single on each side, spread apart and there were two claw-like legs on each side. (see photo)
He’s living under the eave, undisturbed.
Any help you can give identifying would be appreciated.
Signature: Thanks, Amy
Your lovely spider is a Crab Spider in the family Thomisidae, and we are quite certain it is the Whitebanded Crab Spider, Misumenoides formosipes, a common species in Southern California that is well represented on BugGuide as well as being the representative for the family in Charles Hogue’s wonderful book Insects of the Los Angeles Basin.