When I first posted this, I very tentatively identified it as a male four spot orb weaver spider (araneus quadratus) (maybe). Or possibly a marbled orb weaver ( araneus marmoreus var. pyramidatus). I hadn’t found the I.D. especially easy, and asked if anyone knew better, for them to please tell me! Thanks to two very assured comments below, I have now changed the I.D. to an adult male crab spider (misumena vatia). Thank you both. I should perhaps give up trying to identify the bugs I find in my garden as my success rate is woefully low. Anyway, this tiny crab spider was photographed peering over a leaf in a tree rather high up and I was using my macro lens when I spotted it, so these are big crops. A characterful little thing.
Wow! What precision! Well done!
The more common orb weavers back home (significantly larger!) have that same stripy leg pattern. I wonder if this one is missing part of a limb.
Thanks, Goat. I think you’re right! I wonder if it will grow back?
Really love that first shot..a hint of menacing spider ..haha
Looks more like an adult male Flower Crab Spider (Misumena vatia) or similar species 🙂
Thank you, Eremita. I have amended the post accordingly.
misumena vatia male ~ a crab spider ~ front legs much stouter than rears
Thank you, Matt. I have amended the post accordingly.