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 ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.