Tiny pale green spider on forest floor…
Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 9:27 AM
I was examining a scrape on the forest floor, looking for hair when I found this tiny little spider! It coudnt be bigger than a centimeter across the longest point (wish I had had a coin with me for size reference). It walked sideways like a crab. When disturbed it pulled its legs in and tried to look inconspicuous. After I got done taking pictures it crawled to the underside of a leaf and hid.
Athens, Georgia

Crab Spider

Crab Spider

Hi Dana,
This is a Crab Spider in the family Thomisidae.  We are not certain of the genus or species, but we would hesitate a guess at the genus Misumenops as evidenced by images posted to BugGuide.  Crab Spiders do not build hunting webs.  They ambush their prey using camouflage techniques.

3 Responses to Crab Spider

  1. Ardith says:

    I have 500 to a 1000 of these in a black walnut tree & I am afraid they will kill my two trees can you offer any solution

    • bugman says:

      Crab Spiders will not kill your trees.

      • Ardith says:

        thanks! as I hate spiders so knowing this what is best leave them alone or kill them? if there was a few of them 100 or under it would be easyer to leave them be but when there so many it’s hard to ignore them as they are hanging down all over ever place!

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