The Metallic Crab Spider is a member of the Running Crab Spider family. They are long with skinny legs and incredibly fast. This speed allows them to escape predators as well as catch dinner. Their long front legs are about the same length as the other legs, so they don't look as much like a crab as other Crab Spiders.
They can be found on tall grasses as well as the branches and leaves of trees and garden plants, or even roaming around on the ground.
Common name: Metallic Crab Spider
Scientific Name: Philodromus marxi
Adult Size (Length): 2mm to 11mm (0.08in to 0.43in) COMPARE
Identifying Colors: brown; purple
General Description: metallic, small, biting, venomous
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico
* 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.