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Green Lynx Protects Egg Sac
Location: Orlando
October 24, 2010 9:30 am
Hi Bugman. Everytime I hike Split Oak Preserve in Orlando I see quite a few green lynx spiders. You posted one of my photos of a lynx eating a bumblebee. This is the first ”mother” I’ve seen, though. My husband’s arm got too close and she assumed the defensive position over the egg sac quickly. Thought you might enjoy another pic of your favorite spider.
Signature: Elizabeth

Green Lynx guards Eggs

Hi Elizabeth,
Thank you for providing us with this wonderful image of maternal instincts, the Green Lynx Spider guarding her Egg Sac.

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2 Responses to Green Lynx guards Eggs

  1. Jil says:

    Hi I am a first grade teacher and I captured a green lynx spider in our school garden over the weekend because i wanted to show it to my students. It was huge! Well while in captivity (i was going to release her) she made an egg sack in the bug habitat that I have her in. I don’t think I should disturb her and would love to have the kids see her spiderlings hatch but I’m not sure if I need to feed her? I have water on a small sponge in the habitat and part of the plant i found her on. Any advice would be much appreciated. I’m in Santa Barbara, CA.
    By the way, I have lived in LA my whole life and have never seen one of these and this year I have seen 5!
    Amazing creature!

    • bugman says:

      Hi Jil,
      It sounds like your Green Lynx Spider project would be a wonderful experience for your students. You will need to feed the mother spider. Green Lynx Spider often prey upon pollinating insects, but for the purposes of your situation, we expect she will survive nicely on a cricket or two a week. You can buy crickets from a local pet store.

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