Magnolia Green Jumping Spider (Lyssomanes viridis)
Detailing the identifying qualities of the Magnolia Green Jumping Spider, including physical features and territorial reach.
Updated: 9/5/2014; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.