Also known as the green lynx spider or by its scientific name peucetiaviridansHentz these type of spider is not harmful to human beings. It is characterized by a bright green hue on the abdomen and a red spot just above the tail end. You may come across this species mostly in the greenery in North America because it is the largest species of spider in the family of Oxyopidae.
Importance of the green spider to the environment
To begin with this is a beneficial insect predator. This means it will eat any insects that are damaging your crops clearing your garden of pests. The green spider is found on all the shrub plants strewn across the southern tip of the United States and other countries in Latin America and West Indies like Venezuela and Jamaica.
It is not considered a pest in farming communities because it feeds on insects and caterpillars that damage the crop while in the field. Unfortunately because they are indiscriminate predators that can also tend to feed on beneficial insects like bees and butterflies. However, their benefits far outweigh this negative.
What you need to know about the green spider
They are a distinct green to neon green color. These spiders have long thin legs that stand out because of black spots on them. The spots are not confined to the legs only but also dot the spider’s back and the femora. Their legs can also be yellow which makes the dots stand out even more.
They have a green abdomen which has a pencil like ending and chevron markings in white and red. They use their long spindly legs to pounce on their prey like a cat which earned them the name lynx. In fact, they are known to lie in wait for their unsuspecting prey and because they look like the green leaves they have the element of surprise on their side. The female grows up to 5/8 of an inch in length and has a slightly elongated oval to oblong abdomen. The male, on the other hand, grows to only half an inch and is much more reserved in character.
The green lynx spider is beautiful to look at and it is completely safe to handle with your hands. They have keen sight and they mate while hanging off the silken strand of a web. Once the female is pregnant it can camouflage itself by blending its stomach to look yellow, green, purple and white seeming like one of the flowers. It doesn’t spin a web to nest instead wrapping her egg sac in a protective cocoon protected by a maze of silken webs.
The green spider is more of a friend to humanity than a foe. In fact, we need the green spider and itsamazing lynx like skills to protect our food in the before it is harvested.