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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 ¬©

  Magnolia Green Jumping Spider  
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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.

Picture of the Magnolia Green Jumping Spider
Picture of the Magnolia Green Jumping Spider

Magnolia Green Jumping Spider Information

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

Taxonomy Hierarchy

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

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 5 mm to 8 mm (0.195 inches to 0.312 inches)
Identifying Colors: green, black, red
Additional Descriptors: bright, spotted, jumping, small, fast, biting, venomous

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

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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