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Subject:  Two Green Lynx Spider on my Woody Plant
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
August 14, 2017 7:30 PM
Just as the sun was setting, I discovered two Green Lynx Spiders where there used to be one.  Do you think they will mate?
Signature:  Constant Gardener

Two Male Green Lynx Spiders

Dear Constant Gardener,
While the pedipalps are not readily visible, it appears both of your individuals are males.  If this plant provides good hunting, there might be a “survival of the fittest” scenario that plays out here with one Green Lynx getting eaten by the other, or perhaps one will just move on.  Since Green Lynx Spiders do not build webs, they tend to move around a bit, though female Green Lynx Spiders will remain in one location to raise young.  At any rate, having these Green Lynx Spiders on your plants will help to keep unwanted, plant feeding species at bay.

Ed. Note August 7, 2017
Recently we have been receiving requests to identify creatures on Woody Plants, so we decided to create a new tag:  What’s on my Woody Plant? to cover insects found on
Our Facebook followers are clamoring for more coverage of Woody Plants.

Female Green Lynx Spider on Woody Plant

Jeff Lanterman wrote on August 4:  “Please more Woody Plant bug submissions!

Judith Barnard Smith wrote on August 5:  “wish there were a way to actually subscribe because I could become a bug addict…..”

Ed. Note August 8, 2017
And in the interest of balanced posting, there are some detractors.

Michael Steele wrote on August 8:  “Stop with the ‘woody plant’ shit man. You do that every time someone sends you a pot photo. Nobody here is stupid. Just say cannabis.” and “People aren’t requesting it that way, you are posting it as it being requested that way. Get off the gas. Again, nobody is buying your story.”

Subject:  Green Lynx Spider on my other Woody Plant
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
August 7, 2017 9:22 pm
Dear Bugman,
You have already identified one male Green Lynx Spider on my woody plant, but now this Green Lynx Spider is on my other woody plant in a different part of the garden.  This is my first time growing woody plants, which are really nothing more than weeds with benefits, and I am surprised at how easy they are to grow.  All they need is sun and water.  I am really fascinated with the ecosystem that exists on an individual plant and I love learning about beneficial creatures in the garden like this Green Lynx Spider.  What more can you tell me about Green Lynx Spiders?
Signature:  Constant Gardener

Green Lynx Spider on Woody Plant

Dear Constant Gardener,
Your submission is perfectly timed to launch our newest tag:  What’s on my Woody Plant?  With more and more people growing legally at home, and with organic, pesticide free cultivation critical, we hope to educate the web browsing public of the importance of natural predators.  This is a female Green Lynx Spider.  She has smaller pedipalps and she is more robust physically than is the male.  She is probably much more likely to remain on a plant where there is good hunting and she may eventually lay eggs that she will guard with her life.  Green Lynx Spiders do not build webs to hunt but they do build a messy web to protect the eggs.  Green Lynx Spiders pounce on their prey from some distance and they are able to take down large prey.  They frequently perch on the tips of branches, especially those with blossoms or those that attract insects.  They have excellent eyesight and they can catch winged prey.  When he first moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980s, Daniel once watched a Green Lynx Spider leap from a rose to just nearly miss a Cabbage White that was flying about a foot away.  The spider missed but returned to its branch thanks to a silken anchor line.  We believe your “Woody Plant” is pollinated by the wind and not by insects, but if your plant is attracting phytophagous species like Hemipterans and Grasshoppers, they will likely become food for this beautiful Green Lynx Spider.  Please continue to send us images of creatures you find on your “Woody Plant”.

Subject:  Green Lynx Spider on my Woody Plant
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
July 27, 2017 7:20 PM
Dear Bugman,
Several weeks ago, you identified a tiny Gray Bird Grasshopper for me.  I have noticed many chew marks on the plant’s leaves, and I noticed that the little guy has grown quite a bit, so I captured it and relocated it elsewhere in the garden.  At the same time I found this well camouflaged predator that I have learned is a Green Lynx Spider.  What can you tell me about this spider?  I’m presuming it will not harm my plant and I am letting it stay where I found it.
Signature:  Constant Gardener

Male Green Lynx Spider

Dear Constant Gardener,
Because of your kindness to the young, hungry Gray Bird Grasshopper nymph, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.  Your Green Lynx Spider is a male as evidenced by his pronounced pedipalps and long legs.  Male Green Lynx Spiders of breeding age will wander in search of a mate, and he will most likely move on as that is his primary goal.  If you had discovered a female on your “woody plant”  and if the hunting there was to her liking, she might remain and even raise her young, all while keeping unwanted insects from feeding on the plant.  You have quite a thriving ecosystem on your “woody plant”.

Immature Gray Bird Grasshopper, shortly before relocation.


Subject: Spider in the Flower Garden
Location: Menifee, California
January 12, 2017 10:15 am
We recently moved from Santa Ana, Ca. to Menifee, Ca. nearer my wife’s parents to care for them and one day my wife spotted this amazing spider in her Aunt’s flower garden. She said that the size of the one flower is about the size of a half-dollar. Haven’t seen the spider since then but will keep and eye open for them.
Signature: David Nadzam

Green Lynx Spider

Dear David,
This is a nice female Green Lynx Spider, one of our favorite species on What’s That Bug? and this is quite late in the year to see one.  Judging by her size, she is eating well, and she may be ready to lay some egg sacs that she will guard.  Green Lynx Spiders do not build webs to snare prey, but rather, they pounce on their prey, often from a great distance.  Green Lynx Spiders are frequently found on blossoms in the garden.

Thanks Daniel,
I will definitely go looking through Patti’s Aunts flower bed come the spring for more of them.  Maybe I can get some on my side of the street here to hunt through my bonsai trees.
Regards, Dave

Subject: Spider?
Location: Portland, Oregon
May 17, 2016 5:32 pm
Hi, I live in Portland, Oregon. This brown spider ??? was on my wall in my garage. It is about 2cm long, maybe smaller, has thorny legs, a white stripe on its lower back, and two eyes bulging out of the sides of its head. I didn’t see any webs nearby. I tried researching these specs but was unable to find anything. Can you tell me anything about it? Thanks.
Signature: Susan F.

Male Lynx Spider

Male Lynx Spider

Dear Susan,
This is a Lynx Spider in the family Oxyopidae, and what you have mistaken for bulging eyes are actually the pedipalps, which are often greatly enlarged in males since they are organs that are used to transfer sperm to the female during mating.  We believe we have correctly identified your Lynx Spider as
Oxyopes tridens based on this BugGuide image.

Subject: Walk Through Natural Area Turns Up Interesting Critters
Location: Juno Beach, Florida
December 2, 2015 12:06 pm
Hello Whats That Bug!
Love your site – use it all the time to identify the small creepy crawlies we find on Palm Beach County natural areas. Usually I can successfully find the critters name while looking through the photos on your web site. I am having a bit of trouble with a pesky caterpillar which defies identification. It was found at Juno Dunes Natural Area in Juno Beach, Florida. There were several on the same plant. Any help in naming this guy (I’m calling him Harry for now) will be appreciated. I am also including two other photos taken during my walk through Juno Dunes Natural Area – one of a Carolina mantid (didn’t see wings, so I’m assuming it is a juvenile) and a lynx spider (I assume it is a green lynx, but it doesn’t look quite right). Thanks for all you do to ensure the proper identification of insects and arachnids!
Signature: Ann Mathews

Green Lynx Spider

Green Lynx Spider

Dear Ann,
Your image of a Green Lynx Spider is positively gorgeous, and because we do not need to do any research, we can post it immediately.  Your other requests will require a bit or more of research, and we are postponing that until later.  Additionally, because your three attached images represent three unrelated groups of Arthropods, we will be creating three separate postings.

Thanks for replying so quickly. Okay, so I at least had the green lynx spider identified correctly. I guess the mantid may be an exotic Chinese mantis – I was looking up pictures of them at the same time and thought there might be a possibility that the mantid in my picture was an exotic. And for now, the caterpillar’s name will remain “Harry” until further notice. I appreciate all your help – What’s That Bug has made updating our natural area wildlife listings much easier!
Ann Mathews