Diaea dorsata

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Diaea dorsata is one of the smaller crab spiders. 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.

D. dorsata prefers forest edges. It can be found on oak leaves. The subadults overwinter under the bark of dead trees. Adults appear in May. The males have an extended non-damaging combat ritual: They stand opposed, stretch their front legs and dance around each other. This can go on for hours. This is highly unusual for crab spiders, but for example often found in jumping spiders.

An agranular green pigment is incorporated into the mesocuticle of this species and thus lost between moults.

*Thanks to Dr. Alfredo Tan and Dr. Roland Perez.
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  1. brynmeillion - JAN 63 months ago | reply

    Love that green - have a good weekend:)

  2. Andrew Snyder Photography 63 months ago | reply

    Another fantastic macro

  3. D Pardo 63 months ago | reply

    Dami niyang mga mata.

  4. PKski 63 months ago | reply

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  5. mang M 63 months ago | reply

    Gandalicious

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  13. Audrey JW 53 months ago | reply

    C'est une photo fabuleuse :-) !!! Bravo !
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