I saw my first one and was thrilled. Then I saw another a few feet away!
Lynx spider, (family Oxyopidae), any of several groups of active spiders (order Araneida) that do not build a nest or web but capture their prey by pouncing upon them. Lynx spiders are distributed worldwide and in North America are most common in southern regions. The eyes are arranged in a hexagon, and the abdomen usually tapers to a point. Lynx spiders are usually found on vegetation, seeking insect prey.
The green lynx (Peucetia viridans) hunts prey on vegetation and flowers and can adjust its body colour to match the background. Females in this species also construct a silk retreat in which they suspend the egg sac. Females then guard the eggs and young spiders in this retreat. Neither spider I saw this morning was a female, but I’ll be on the lookout for them next time I visit the park.
The green lynx spider very seldom bites humans, and when it does, its venomous bite, though painful, is not deadly but may cause surrounding swelling (edema) up to 7″-10″ in diameter. There have also been reports of these spiders spitting at people who get too close. I didn’t experience that.
This was a thrilling encounter for me. 🙂 They were the last thing I saw before going home. I’m so glad I ran into them!
See you next time.