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Spider (Green Lynx)

Peucetia viridans
Spider (Green Lynx)

Range

They are found in the southern U.S. south into northern South America.

Habitat

They live on plants and shrubs where they hunt for insects. This can be in open places like grasslands, fields, yards, and gardens.

Body Traits

They are large, bright green spiders, females reaching more than ¾” long. Males are smaller. Their back is reddish with several white s-shaped markings. They have long, yellow legs with black spines and spots. They have 8 eyes arranged in a circle with two big eyes and two little eyes facing forward.

Habits

The will run and jump after prey.

Diet

They eat insects, including farm pests like moths and caterpillars. They are thought to be helpful to farmers.

Reproduction

The female will lay hundreds of bright orange eggs in a silken egg sacs. She will then guard the eggs until they hatch and then the spiderlings until they are old enough to go out on their own. She will attack anything that bothered them. The young will molt many times to reach their adult size.

Spider (Green Lynx)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Order: Araneae
Suborder: Araneomorphae
Family: Oxyopidae
Genus:  Peucetia
Species: P. viridans

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