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Lehtinelagia prasina |
(ID source below; formerly Diaea prasina (RM))
female: 6.5 mm|
male: 5 mm
In a folded leaf retreat
Too small to cause human illness
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.
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Last updated 14 June 2016.