Insect Identification
Insect Identification

Green Crab Spider - (Misumessus oblongus)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 1/20/2014

The lime Green Crab Spider is adept at ambushing insect prey in flowers, striking when they least expect it.

The extremely long front legs of the Green Crab Spider help it grab insects like bees, butterflies and beetles that are either collecting pollen or feeding on nectar. The second pair of legs are usually larger, longer and stronger than any other pair. It is a member of the Crab Spider family and is able to walk forward, sideways and backwards.

The Green Crab Spider is a wandering hunter, climbing up plants, searching for insect prey on flowers, in fields, on grass and in shrubs. They do not spin webs, though males may use their silk to cover potential female mates. The females lay their eggs in a sac made of spider silk and keep it close to them. Females die before the spiderlings hatch.

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Category: Spider
Common name: Green Crab Spider
Scientific Name: Misumessus oblongus

  Kingdom: Animalia
   Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Arachnida
     Order: Araneae
      Family: Thomisidae
       Genus: Misumessus
        Species: oblongus

Adult Size (Length): 3mm to 7mm (0.12in to 0.28in)

Identifying Colors: green; red

Additional Descriptors: legs, crab, lime

North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina

* Keep in mind that insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.