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Jul 2, 2012 7:54 PM

ID please, pretty little spider

The other day I found a very handsome little spider in the house (possibly came in with a bunch of flowers).  It was too small and quick to take a photo, and I didn't want to risk hurting it by rough capture; so put it out of the window to make its own way.  The body and pedipalps were bright yellow and the legs a light amber colour.  Size with legs estimated a little over 1cm, body much smaller.  The way it held its legs reminded me of a crab spider; which could make sense of it possibly coming in with flowers.

 

Looking online it did resemble a crab spider, but the nearest pic I can see is of Misumena vatia the Goldenrod Crab Spider, (picture below) which doesn't seem to be a British species.  The pedipaps, and perhaps the cephalothorax, were yellow - the palps standing out like mini Belisha beacons in spite of the small size.

 

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    Jul 2, 2012 8:57 PM (in response to Drosophila)
    Re: ID please, pretty little spider

    It looks like a male Misumena vatia to me too, except it's eyes look a bit strange, as if it has more than the normal compliment with 2 or 3 eyes where there is normally one - but maybe it's just oddly marked.

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        Jul 3, 2012 8:15 AM (in response to Drosophila)
        Re: ID please, pretty little spider

        Oh sorry. If you're adamant it was bright yellow then I think it must be Misumena, although your picture is of the male. The female can be very yellow and bigger, although the palps wouldn't be quite so obvious.

         

        It's a UK species although it  has a southerly distribution. see -

        http://srs.britishspiders.org.uk/portal.php/p/Summary/s/Misumena+vatia

         

        It might be worth considering an Araniella species, but these are bright green rather than yellow.

         

        Did the flowers came from the garden or the shops (and hence possibly abroad)? If the latter maybe other species are possible e.g. Misumenops is a yellowish crab spider.

         

        Hope this helps

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