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Green spider In the females of Micrommata virescens the body length can reach 12&ndash;16 millimetres (0.47&ndash;0.63 in), while in the males it is about 7&ndash;10 millimetres (0.28&ndash;0.39 in).<br />
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The cephalothorax and the long legs of the females are bright green, with a lighter green abdomen showing a darker green median stripe. The eight eyes are arranged in two rows and surrounded by white hairs. Males are dark green-olive and have a narrower abdomen, with red sides and a red to red-brown median stripe bordered yellow. Young spiders have a yellow-brown cephalothorax, with dark marginal and median stripes. Only after the last molting in the following spring the juveniles assume the typical coloration of the adults. Europe,Fall,Geotagged,Micrommata virescens,Portugal,macro,spider Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Green spider

In the females of Micrommata virescens the body length can reach 12–16 millimetres (0.47–0.63 in), while in the males it is about 7–10 millimetres (0.28–0.39 in).

The cephalothorax and the long legs of the females are bright green, with a lighter green abdomen showing a darker green median stripe. The eight eyes are arranged in two rows and surrounded by white hairs. Males are dark green-olive and have a narrower abdomen, with red sides and a red to red-brown median stripe bordered yellow. Young spiders have a yellow-brown cephalothorax, with dark marginal and median stripes. Only after the last molting in the following spring the juveniles assume the typical coloration of the adults.

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  1. Got the right species!! Posted 20 days ago, modified 19 days ago
    1. Awesome, thanks a lot Alek ;-) Posted 19 days ago, modified 19 days ago
  2. Superb macro Flavio. A very pretty spider, lovely delicate colour to this one. Posted 20 days ago
    1. Thank you so much Ruth :-) Posted 19 days ago

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The green huntsman spider is a spider with a palearctic distribution, of the huntsman spider family. It does not build a web, and hunts insects in green vegetation, where it is well camouflaged.
The green coloration is due to the bilin micromatabilin and its conjugates in haemolymph, interstitial tissues and the yolk of oocytes.

Similar species: Spiders
Species identified by Alek Wo
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Uploaded Nov 16, 2021. Captured Sep 27, 2021 08:16 in 455X+H8 Moncarapacho, Portugal.
  • X-T20
  • f/1.0
  • 1/180s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm