Photo of the Week: Polek Rybczynski meets a chameleon, the goldenrod crab spider

by Polek Rybcyznski:

I had to shoot this frame of a Tulip in the garden as i had never seen a spider like this. I was amazed. It was not amazed at me, though – as as soon as i got within 2-3 feet of this spider, it would go up on its rear legs and raise its front legs and fangs at me.

A bit of research later,  I found out that it’s the Misumena vatia – or commonly known as the goldenrod crab spider or flower spider. It is a chameleon spider that can change its pigments to camouflage itself in flowers. So Cool!