Sego Lily spider

Asked July 13, 2015, 1:55 PM EDT

Hi - I'm wondering if you can identify for me the name of the tiny green spiders that can be found inside Sego Lilies (Calochortus nuttallii). And any information about them would be great! I think they might be specific to this flower, but not sure. Image attached. Thanks!

Teton County Wyoming horticulture flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials

1 Response

Thanks for including a photo with your question. That is most likely a member of the crab spider family of spiders and probably the flower crab spider, Misumena vatia. They are very common on a variety of flowers and may change color to match those flowers accordingly.

There are some good photos on this site:

http://bugguide.net/node/view/6751

As you may see from this site, in order to distinguish between several closely related spider species, you need to look closely at the eye arrangement. I wasn't able to do that from your photo but I feel pretty confident with the Misumena identification.

Thanks again for the photo and I hope you find this information useful.