Monday, August 4, 2008

Green lynx spiders

This evening, I was watering the lantanas when I spotted a bright lime green spider–a green lynx! I ran inside for my camera. So did James. I snapped some so-so pictures (still learning my macro lens). James spotted a second spider. Later, I got up CLOSE and checked. Yup. One was female, the other male. Naturally–tis that time of year...mating.

Like jumping spiders, the green lynx (Peucetia viridans) wanders around, stalks its prey, and doesn't build an orb web. Females make excellent mothers. After laying their eggs, they sit atop the silken sac and guard it until the little hatch and disperse. Green lynx spiders are some of the most beautiful spiders you'll see.

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