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Flower spider

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Species:
Lehtinelagia prasina
(ID source below; formerly Diaea prasina (RM))
Family:
Thomisidae
Body length:
female: 6.5 mm
male: 5 mm
Habitat:
In a folded leaf retreat
Toxicity:
Too small to cause human illness
Lehtinelagia prasina

Until recently this spider was known as a Diaea species but in 2014 P. Szymkowiak in Annales of Zoologici Warszawa, Volume 64, pages 333-477, stated it should now be shown as a Lehtinelagia species.

Like many Diaea species this spider is green apart from the abdomen which is white with red markings that are quite variable. These colour schemes allow this spider to ambush insects that land on white flowers and green leaves.

Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Lehtinelagia evanida and some other crab/flower spiders.


Email Ron Atkinson for more information.    Last updated 14 June 2016.