Misumenops tricuspidatus

  • Misumenops.tricuspidatus.male by Daniel Vantard
  • Misumenops.tricuspidatus by Liboupat

Misumenops tricuspidatus
(= Ebrechtella tricuspidata)

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: arthropods
Class: Arachnida
Classification: Araneae
Family: Thomisidae
Genus: Misumenops
Species Misumenops tricuspidatus (Fabricius, 1775)

Features
Between 2.5 and 3.5 mm for males and between 5 and 6 mm for females.
abdomen blansc yellow with reddish drawing at 3 points.
It is characteristic with its 3 spots on the abdomen.
the male has the four previous legs Brown dark with lighter rings. They are much longer than the other leg.
The cephalothorax is light brown with two dark brown lateral bands.
Hind, much more short almost translucent green andare.
The top of the abdomen is light green with white marks on the rim and darker green lines around the Middle, 3 spots on the abdomen more or less fused together. The underside is dark brown
The female has the legs and the light green cephalothorax. The previous four legs are also much longer.
The abdomen, larger than that of males, is white.

Habitat
Mainly on the flowers and vegetation.
Does not canvas, these spiders hunt on the lookout.

Possible confusion
with Misumena vatia (genus Misumena: 3 species in France)
and with Diaea dorsata (found on the foliage of forest edges and bushes. Diaea dorsata presents an oval Mark Brown or beige well drawn on the abdomen.)

Picture 1 Daniel boastful   Source http://www.galerie-insecte.org/galerie/view.php?adr=.%2Fimage%2Fdos9%2Ftemp%2F2006_05_19_araig.jpg
Photo 2 Male by Akio Tanikawa   Source http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4c/Misumenops.tricuspidatus.male.-.tanikawa.jpg
Photo 3 OpenCage  souce http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7c/Misumenops_tricuspidatus.jpg
Photo 4 gif animated masaki ikeda source http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3d/Spider_which_catches_the_insect.gif
Picture 5 Liboupat source http://www.galerie-insecte.org/galerie/view.php?adr=image/ dos2/temp/diaea_dorsatas.jpg

PERIODS D COMMENTS

Adults occur from May to August on the flowers.

OBSERVATIONS IN PICARDY

observation en Picardie de Misumenops tricuspidatus

Online may 23, 2009 by sigma1920

タニウツギの花で見つけたハナグモを観察していたら突然横を向きました。何事かと思い­きや、偶然狩りの瞬間に立ち会うことが出来ました。獲物は有翅アブラムシでしょうか。­噛み付いただけで狩りの前後に糸は使いませんでした。最後は徘徊中の蟻が食事中のクモ­の脚に触れましたが、何事も起こりませんでした。撮影後にハナグモを一時捕獲して外雌­器を確認(体長6.6mm)。
Adult female of the flower (Ebrechtella tricuspidata, family Thomisidae) spider is hiding on the flower of Weigela hortensis (family Caprifoliaceae) grabbed a small prey (winged aphids?) And began to eat. The Spider had 6.6 mm body length. Mid-May 2009 the Japan.

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