Crab Spider Hunting in Spruce Tree

 
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Crab spider, Misumena vatia, lurking among the needles of a blue spruce. Note the light green color of this particular spider. This species is more commonly white or yellow.

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Guest - Jun 18, 2007 02:11 PM EDT
I think I may have seen this spider before. Are they common in America or Ohio in particular?
Guest - Jun 10, 2007 10:55 PM EDT
Hi, Carol, Yes, they can change color, but not as easily or as much as something like, say, a chameleon. For the spider it may take several days or more for a color change to occur, and the colors are primarily between white and yellow (though, I have found some very light or very pale green ones, too). I have a few pictures of the yellow ones and another light green one posted among my pictures. They can blend in very well with the right background.
Guest - Jun 10, 2007 05:50 PM EDT
Lovely closeup of the Crab spider, is it true they change color to whatever they are on, like to camoflage themselves? Carol

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