This sunday another green spider; the green crab spider (Diaea dorsata). This species belongs to the real crab spiders (Thomsidae). It is another spider that does not make a web, but hunts for a living. Its mostly green body provides some camouflage when sitting on leaves. Because it has a yellow/brown abdomen it is easy to distinguish from other green spiders.
One of my former colleagues send me this picture. As you can see, this particular specimen had just caught a snack. Usually, these spiders hide somewhere on foliage and when a prey passes by, they immediately grab them with their long legs. They bite their prey, inject venom and suck out the liquefied insides. Ahh, must be refreshing! 😉
Interestingly, male green crab spiders dance. Not to impress a female, but to assert dominance in a particular territory. Instead of violent attacks, the males found a way to combat in a non-violent manner. Looks like they have their own version of dance battles!