🔶️Green Lynx Spider🔶️
Always a pleasant surprise to come across one of these little gems. Can never pass on the opportunity to capture a pose.
Aptly named for their bright green body color and capability of running very fast, then jumping on its prey like a cat, Peucetia viridans, is North America's largest lynx spider. These long-legged hunting arachnoids are known by the Spanish name araña (spider) verde (green) or the Latin 'viridis' meaning green.
Although their eyesight is not as good as that of jumping spiders, Green Lynx Spiders can see their prey up to 4 inches.
They move actively during the daytime hunting small insects, quickly darting and suddenly leaping, over low shrubs and herbs with great agility. They hunt like a cat often lying in wait, slowly approaching and then suddenly pouncing on their prey, hence the name "lynx." Only true jumping spiders excel their precision. The Green Lynx Spider's relatively keen eyesight is comparable to that of the wolf and fishing spiders. The Green Lynx Spider preys on beneficial bugs like butterflies, honeybees, pollinating flies wasps and other nectaring insects, including many that are larger than itself. Yet, the Green Lynx Spider is of interest because of its potential use in agricultural pest management and is considered an important predator of crop-damaging insects such as harmful caterpillars.
The Green Lynx Spider is the only spider that can squirt or spit venom, aside from spitting spiders (Scytodidae). Although Green Lynx Spiders aggressively attack its insect prey, they very seldom bite humans. Females can and will bite in defense, especially when guarding egg sacs. However, their bite is generally asymptomatic, only slightly painful, with a little inflammation. They are considered medically harmless. .