Thomisidae  Sundevall, 1833 / Misumena  Latreille, 1804   2 species

Misumena vatia  (Clerck, 1757)


Prosoma female: white, pale green or yellow, sometimes brownish, eye region mostly yellowish. Male: dark brown to black, median stripe and eye region light brown. Legs dark brown to black, male: dark brown to black, annulated with red-brown. Tarsus yellowish. Opisthosoma female: variable, white, pale green or yellow, roundish, laterally sometimes with red stripes. Male: pale brown, dorsally with 2 dark median bands, laterally darker.

Body length male: 3-5 mm
Body length female: 7-11.5 mm
Additional information

colour change in adult specimens due to adaptation to background by displacement of pigments within a few days. Preferably on blossoms, where they mainly capture flower-visiting insects (bees, wasps, hover flies), very well camouflaged. In dry meadows, in sunny forest edges

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Global distribution (WSC 2018): North America, Europe, Turkey, Caucasus, Russia (European to Far East), Central Asia, China, Korea, Japan
 male  female

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30-12-2017 Distribution update Old value