Take care when smelling the flowers so you don't find a Magnolia Green Jumping Spider on your nose.
The bright Magnolia Green Jumping Spider is quite small. Unlike other jumping spiders, it is not furry and its legs are long and slender. They are still capable of jumping three or four times their own body length despite the physical differences. They are ambush hunters of plant insects like aphids, mites, ants and even other small jumping spiders.
Females are slightly larger than males and lay eggs under leaves and cover them with spider silk. The chelicerae of males stick out while those of females are tucked under like normal. Both share the lucid green body color and abdominal pattern. This may aid in camouflaging them.
They are most commonly found on their namesake, the magnolia tree, but they are not limited to just that plant. Oak, maple, pine and other trees are also fair hunting grounds. Magnolia Green Jumping Spiders are typically seen in the warm, humid areas of the Southeast.
Scientific Name: Lyssomanes viridis
Size (Adult; Length): 5mm to 8mm (0.20in to 0.31in)
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Legs: Spiders have four pairs of legs and these are attached to the cephalothorax.
Pedipalps: Small appendages near the mouth used as taste and smell organs.
Cephalothorax: Contains eyes, head, mouthparts, and legs.
Abdomen: Contains various organs related to digestion, reproduction, and web-making.
Spinnerets: Used in the production of spider silk for fashioning webs or catching prey.
NOTE: Unlike insects, spiders have both an endoskeleton (internal) and exoskeleton (external).