Green Lynx (Peucetia viridans)
Round Rock, Texas 2006

Photographs by Marguerite W.

Three genera of the Oxyopidae are found in the United States and Canada. The green lynx (Peucetia viridans) is one of two species, in the genus Peucetia, found in this region--the other, Peucetia longipalpis, which is similar to P. viridans but lacks the complex, white mottling on its abdomen, is found over much the same range.  The lynx spiders are voracious insectivores, and are considered highly beneficial as predators of insects that damage crops. Arachnologists have observed, however, that they have an appetite beneficial insects, such as bees and wasps, too.  As with many of nature's proclivities (e.g., the rat snake's taste for birds and their eggs), the blessing of the green lynx is sometimes a curse.

The bite of this spider is not considered harmful to humans.

The eight eyes of the lynx spider are arranged in two rows.  The four eyes in the posterior row appear as black dots in the enlargement of marguerite's photo, shown above.

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