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Green Crab Spider (Misumessus oblongus)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Green Crab Spider, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 1/25/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

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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.

Picture of the Green Crab Spider
Picture of the Green Crab Spider

Green Crab Spider Information

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

Taxonomy Hierarchy

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

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 3 mm to 7 mm (0.117 inches to 0.273 inches)
Identifying Colors: green; red
Additional Descriptors: legs, crab, lime

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

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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