Insect Identification
Insect Identification

Green Lynx Spider - (Peucetia viridans)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 10/8/2015

The ferocious-looking Green Lynx Spider pounces on its insect prey, using camouflage to ensure a catch.

As its name might suggest, the Green Lynx Spider is a bright green spider of the Lynx spider family. Appearing an almost leaf-greenish shade, the species is further complimented by orange on the legs and black dots on a gray coloring as well. The abdomen contains chevron-looking shapes to further distinguish the species. All eight legs are covered in spines, or spikes. Lynx spiders, like the feline namesake, are able to jump a distance in order to capture insect prey. They do not spin webs for ensnaring it. They do, however, use a silk dragline to catch something at a distance and bring it closer to itself. As with other species of spider, the female is larger than the male.

Natural environments for the Green Lynx Spider includes open fields, especially those with tall, grassy surroundings. Females will attach fertilized eggs in a silken sac to these tall, reedy grasses. The egg sac may look more like a tiny, smashed golf ball with spiky parts poking out, not a smooth sphere. The mother will guard her egg sac until the spiderlings hatch and immediately start hunting for their first meals.

Green Lynx Spiders are traditionally found in southern states and are also a common sight throughout Mexico.

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Category: Spider
Common name: Green Lynx Spider
Scientific Name: Peucetia viridans
Other Names: Lynx Spider

  Kingdom: Animalia
   Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Arachnida
     Order: Araneae
      Family: Oxyopidae
       Genus: Peucetia
        Species: viridans

Adult Size (Length): 12mm to 16mm (0.47in to 0.63in)

Identifying Colors: green, white, yellow, black, orange

Additional Descriptors: spikes, hair, lime, pattern, biting

North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Mexico

* Keep in mind that insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.