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A chameleon lynx spider?
Location: South Pasadena, CA
November 4, 2010 11:15 pm
I’m sending two pictures, which were taken six days apart. I’m nearly certain it’s the same spider. Apparently a lynx spider, though not all that green. It seems to have changed color to conceal itself. It also seems to be displaying a nice pink peace sign, although it’s quite a killer.
Signature: Barbara

Green Lynx eats Honey Bee

Hi Barbara,
Judging by the size of your Green Lynx Spider, she is getting ready to lay eggs.  Your second photo shows a tangle of silk that she will probably use as a nesting site if she is not disturbed.  She will remain in the vicinity of the egg sac guarding it and the emerging spiderlings if she lives that long.  There is variation in the coloration of Green Lynx Spiders and your pink individual is most attractive.  BugGuide has a posting of a similar pink female and there is discussion about a comment by Lynette Schimming that older females sometimes turn red.  When she lays eggs, we hope you will send us some additional photos.

Green Lynx

Green Lynx?
Subject: Green Lynx?
Location: Sierra Madre, California
November 2, 2010 4:11 pm
Here’s a momma spider with recently hatched babies. My uncle thinks it’s a Green Lynx spider. You agree?
Signature: John

Green Lynx Spider defends her Spiderlings

Hi John,
You are absolutely correct in your identification of a Green Lynx Spider.  This is our personal favorite spider and we are in awe of the maternal aggression exhibited by the female while she is guarding her egg sac and her newly hatched Spiderlings.  The Green Lynx Spider is a common spider in Southern California and the adult spiders are often found on blossoms awaiting the arrival of pollinating insects.  It is our observation that the male spiders are frequently attracted to lights.

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.

September 3, 2010 @ 1:04 AM
A male Green Lynx Spider, my favorite Los Angeles spider, was hunting a male Katydid while his ladyKaty watched on horrified from the door jamb.  I tried to save the Katydid and removed him and his mate jumped away.  Too late I thought I might have caught them and refrigerated them, perhaps allowing them to warm up and eat every few days in a feeble attempt to keep them alive for live television.  {They all want bugs.  I don’t travel with bugs he thought as he suddenly remembered the dead Fig Eater he had picked up on the sidewalk on the way for Armenian food.}  By the time I got the idea to photograph them, the LadyKaty was gone.  By the time I thought to capture them and chill them, both Katydids were gone.  I could always capture and chill that trophy Green Lynx, but I can’t bear to remove him from my yard.  I know he will have lots of spiderlings.

Green Lynx fails to notice the Katydid behind it

Though moments earlier the spider had been stalking the Orthopteran.

Male Green Lynx Spider

In our garden, the female Green Lynx Spiders are usually found on foliage.  This beautiful male was a bit out of focus in the previously posted image, so we found a sharper one where his pedipalps really show.  We hope he stays on the porch light.  We are going to talk to Julian Donahue about refrigerating insects to see how long we can keep specimens in the refrigerator before our tentative October interview on local news.

aussietrev Master of Disguise
June 27, 2010
Hi guys,
I have to date been unable to get an ID for this spider which appears to be an Oxypid but is unlike any other. It has a raised ‘crown’ with the eyes set in and unlike other oxypids which like to hang around green foliage it prefers to hide on dead sticks where it camouflages very well. One shot is of its egg sac with the spider sitting close by, if you look carefully. The others shows the raised crown and eye pattern. If anyone has an ID I’d be happy to hear about it.
PS. Can’t believe photography teachers went on a holiday without a camera, have to give you a D- on that one.
Queensland. Australia

Unknown Spider

Hi Trevor,
We will post your photos and hope one of our readers can provide some answers.  We agree that this might be a Lynx Spider in the family Oxyopidae.  I made a choice to not take a camera so I could better relax after a very difficult semester.

Unknown Spider

Two spiders and two question
May 22, 2010
In my home were two green spiders, one hairy and the other crab-like (so to speak).
The crab-like spider held its first and second legs close together to appear to be like pincers. This spider was on the ceiling, easy to see with its lime green body against an off white ceiling.
The hairy spider was discovered crawling on our hanging laundry brought in from outdoors. It had rather long distinctive spike-like hair on its legs and body. The head was white on top, the abdomen was also white on top with grayish tan color on the side. This spider was mostly green with dark outlines, and the mouth part had club-like protrusions.
I do have a Japan insect guide book, and looked up what I think these spiders are. I think the crab-like spider is a crab spider (Oxytate striatipes), and the hairy spider a lynx spider (Oxyopes sertatus).
Question #1: Am I right?
In addition, which was new to me, I read that the club shaped mouth parts (palps) on the hairy spider meant that it was male.
Question #2: Do all male spiders exhibit this feature?
Fukuoka City, Japan

Lynx Spider

Hi Lucy,
Your photos are very small files with low resolution, and it is difficult to make an exact identification, but we agree that you have a Crab Spider and a Lynx Spider, and the Japanese species you cited seem like likely candidates.  It seems all male spider possess enlarged pedipalps, or palps, and that they are used for mating purposes.  We found many sources for this information, but the most reputable was Encyclopedia Britannica Online.  We also located an article entitled The Spermatozoa of the One-Palped Spider Tidarren argo in the Journal of Arachnology online.  Cobbling together the information, we can paraphrase that the male spider transfers his spermatozoa first to a reservoir in the palps, and then to the female.