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Green Crab (Misumessus oblongus)

The green crab tree spider, belonging to the family of Thomisidae or crab spiders, is a small species. The name is commonly used in order to describe other crab spiders as well.

Green Crab

Scientific Classification

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Females are 0.12 -0.27 in (0.30-0.68 cm) and males are half the size of the females.

Color: Neon green or light green body with occasional red bands on two sides of the abdomen.

Other Characteristic Features: The abdomen might have a kite or diamond-shaped feature on it.

Green Crab Spider Female

Eggs

A female green crab spider lays eggs in silk sacs and protects them as long as it lives, because female spiders mostly die in the fall, even before the eggs hatch because their metabolism slows down resulting in subsequent death.

Green Crab Spider Egg Sac

Spiderlings

After overwintering, the eggs hatch in the following spring.

The Web

Green crab spiders do not make webs to catch preys. Only male spiders sometimes produce silk to cover female spiders in order to allure them and females do the same for making egg sacs.

Are Green Crab Spiders Poisonous

Green crab spiders are venomous to their preys but not to humans.

Quick Facts

Distribution Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina
Habitat Grasslands, woodlands, backyards of the house, garages
Diet Smaller spiders, moths, centipedes, millipedes and insects
Lifespan Around 1 year
Predators Birds, bigger spiders, ants, wasps, and lizards
IUCN Conservation Status Not Listed
Green Crab Spider

Did You Know

  • Due to its ability to walk sideways and backwards like crabs, this is named after them.

Image Credits: Nature.mdc.mo.gov, Farm4.staticflickr.com, Bugguide.net

The green crab tree spider, belonging to the family of Thomisidae or crab spiders, is a small species. The name is commonly used in order to describe other crab spiders as well.

Green Crab

Physical Description and Identification

Adults

Size: Females are 0.12 -0.27 in (0.30-0.68 cm) and males are half the size of the females.

Color: Neon green or light green body with occasional red bands on two sides of the abdomen.

Other Characteristic Features: The abdomen might have a kite or diamond-shaped feature on it.

Green Crab Spider Female

Eggs

A female green crab spider lays eggs in silk sacs and protects them as long as it lives, because female spiders mostly die in the fall, even before the eggs hatch because their metabolism slows down resulting in subsequent death.

Green Crab Spider Egg Sac

Spiderlings

After overwintering, the eggs hatch in the following spring.

The Web

Green crab spiders do not make webs to catch preys. Only male spiders sometimes produce silk to cover female spiders in order to allure them and females do the same for making egg sacs.

Are Green Crab Spiders Poisonous

Green crab spiders are venomous to their preys but not to humans.

Quick Facts

Distribution Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina
Habitat Grasslands, woodlands, backyards of the house, garages
Diet Smaller spiders, moths, centipedes, millipedes and insects
Lifespan Around 1 year
Predators Birds, bigger spiders, ants, wasps, and lizards
IUCN Conservation Status Not Listed
Green Crab Spider

Did You Know

  • Due to its ability to walk sideways and backwards like crabs, this is named after them.

Image Credits: Nature.mdc.mo.gov, Farm4.staticflickr.com, Bugguide.net

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