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Magnolia Green Jumping Spider (Lyssomanes viridis)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Magnolia Green Jumping Spider



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



Updated: 07/07/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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..




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Arachnida
      Order: Araneae
        Family: Salticidae
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          Genus: Lyssomanes
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            Species: viridis
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Lyssomanes viridis
Category: Spider
Size (Adult; Length): 5mm to 8mm (0.19" to 0.31")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green, black, red
Descriptors: bright, spotted, jumping, small, fast, biting, venomous
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 5mm (0.2in) and 8mm (0.3in)
Lo: 5mm
Md: 6.5mm
Hi: 8mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Magnolia Green Jumping Spider may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Magnolia Green Jumping Spider. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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