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  • Magnolia Green Jumping Spider - (Lyssomanes viridis)

    Magnolia Green Jumping Spider - (Lyssomanes viridis)

    Take care when smelling the flowers so you don't find a Magnolia Green Jumping Spider on your nose.

    Staff Writer (9/5/2014): 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.

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    Magnolia Green Jumping Spider

    Category: Spider
    Common name: Magnolia Green Jumping Spider
    Scientific Name: Lyssomanes viridis

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Arachnida
         Order: Araneae
          Family: Salticidae
           Genus: Lyssomanes
            Species: viridis

    Size (Adult, Length): 5mm to 8mm (0.20in to 0.31in)

    Identifying Colors: green, black, red

    Additional Descriptors: bright, spotted, jumping, small, fast, biting, venomous

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Florida; Georgia; Louisiana; Mississippi; North Carolina; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia

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

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