The goldenrod crab spider is often confused with other crab spiders. This species has some capacity to change color from white to yellow, depending upon the blossom it is inhabiting. The female often has an orange or reddish stripe running along each side of the abdomen, extending from the front to about halfway down the side.
The female has a white or yellow carapace, darkening somewhat toward the edges, without spines. The eye region can be marked red, as the yellow-white abdomen often is, with two separate stripes extending midway around the perimeter of the abdomen. Three small spines are found on the first pair of legs, all of which are light-colored.
Goldenrod crab spider males are much smaller but are spectacularly colored with purple forelegs and green-yellow carapace.