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  • Crab Spider - (Mecaphesa spp.)

    Crab Spider - (Mecaphesa spp.)

    With long, outstretched front legs, Crab Spiders bear a resemblance to their crustacean cousins though they don't always walk sideways.


    Staff Writer (8/24/2017): Crab Spiders are commonly seen in flowers where they wait for insects to wander by. Fast and agile, the Crab Spider can capture a fly, bee, or beetle and inject venom to paralyze it. Strong jaws help Crab Spiders secure a meal and their strong legs carry it back to a retreat for consumption. The species of Crab Spiders in the Mecaphesa genus have tiny hairs protruding from the head, legs, and body. Look for them on flowers, under petals or on adjacent leaves.

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    Details of the:
    Crab Spider


    Category: Spider
    Common name: Crab Spider
    Scientific Name: Mecaphesa spp.
    Other Names: Flower Spider

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Arachnida
         Order: Araneae
          Family: Thomisidae
           Genus: Mecaphesa
            Species: spp.





    Size (Adult, Length): 5mm to 10mm (0.20in to 0.39in)

    Identifying Colors: yellow, green

    Additional Descriptors: hairy, lime, bright, legs, wide


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





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