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Green Crab Spider (Diaea dorsata) Another wee beastie found on a metal hand rail, this is a small spider (males up to 4mm, females 6-7mm) mostly associated with woodland, where it can be found on bushes, in leaf litter or on trees such as Oak, Box, Yew and various conifers.<br />
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The individual in this photo is a female, lacking two longitudinal lines which run along the carapace of the males and brown-tipped palps.<br />
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This sighting, in mid-November is a fairly late one. While females are occasionally known to persist through to the autumn (peak months for both sexes being May &amp; June) they usually hibernate under tree bark or similar.<br />
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Like the Goldenrod Crab Spider (Misumena vatia) D. dorsata can, over a period of a few days, change its colouring to match its surroundings, although don&#039;t expect this individual to turn silver.      <br />
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In the UK this is generally a southern-based species, where it is widespread. Diaea dorsata,Fall,Geotagged,United Kingdom Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Green Crab Spider (Diaea dorsata)

Another wee beastie found on a metal hand rail, this is a small spider (males up to 4mm, females 6-7mm) mostly associated with woodland, where it can be found on bushes, in leaf litter or on trees such as Oak, Box, Yew and various conifers.

The individual in this photo is a female, lacking two longitudinal lines which run along the carapace of the males and brown-tipped palps.

This sighting, in mid-November is a fairly late one. While females are occasionally known to persist through to the autumn (peak months for both sexes being May & June) they usually hibernate under tree bark or similar.

Like the Goldenrod Crab Spider (Misumena vatia) D. dorsata can, over a period of a few days, change its colouring to match its surroundings, although don't expect this individual to turn silver.

In the UK this is generally a southern-based species, where it is widespread.

    comments (4)

  1. Great info, as always :) Posted 14 days ago
    1. I'll post about the Goldenrod soon. Posted 11 days ago
  2. Great stuff Philip Posted 13 days ago
    1. Cheers! Posted 11 days ago

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"Diaea dorsata" is one of the smaller crab spiders, with a palearctic distribution. Females can grow up to 6 mm, males up to 4 mm. Prosoma and legs are green, the opisthosoma is yellowish with a brown mark. Like "Misumena vatia", this spider can change its color to fit its surrounding; however, this takes several days.

Similar species: Spiders
Species identified by Philip Booker
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Uploaded Nov 24, 2022. Captured Nov 22, 2022 16:53 in Moulsecoomb, Queensdown School Rd, Brighton BN2 4GP, UK.
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  • 113.69mm