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  • Green Crab Spider - (Misumessus oblongus)

    Green Crab Spider - (Misumessus oblongus)

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

    Staff Writer (1/20/2014): 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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    Details of the:
    Green Crab Spider

    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

    Size (Adult, 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 an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.