The Green Lynx Spider
I noticed this unusual (to me) green spider perched atop the leaf of a small fig tree that I planted earlier this year. With my curiosity peaked, I had to do some further investigation, and discovered that this is a Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia viridans).
I found these facts about the Green Lynx Spider to be most interesting:
* The Green Lynx Spider is found throughout the southern United States, and is the largest lynx spider in North
* It will aggressively attack prey, including bees! ... but rarely bites humans.
* Lynx spiders are an important predator of crop damaging insects. However, they also prey on other beneficial insects, including honeybees and wasps.
* They do not use a web to catch prey, preferring to move with swift precision by running and jumping across plants.
Green is my favorite color, so I really enjoyed viewing this spider. However, after getting really close to make some of the photos, I was relieved that it did not startle me with its ability to use “quick darting movements and sudden leaps”.