Take care when smelling the flowers so you don't find a little 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. It is still capable of jumping three or four times its own body length despite the physical differences. It is an ambush hunter of plant-eating insects like aphids, mites, ants, and even other small jumping spiders.
Females are slightly larger than males and lay eggs under leaves, covering them with spider silk. The chelicera of males stick out while those of females are tucked under. Both have the lucid green body color and pairs of black dots on the abdomen. Pairs of eyes sit along the front of the face and top of the head, diminishing in size. Short hairs surround them.
Magnolia Green Jumping Spiders 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 warmer, humid parts of the Southeast in the U.S..
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).