Have you ever just wondered what the weird alien-like creature is in your backyard, or what is that bizarre THING hanging onto you car? Well, we’re here to help. One of my favorite parts of being an entomologist is helping people to identify amazing insects and other arthropods that we have right here in our little part of the world. So snap a quick photo and send it in to firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if you know what the bugs is, we’d love to see all of your awesome photos! We’ll feature them right here on our blog with a description of the critter. We can’t wait to see what you have, and we love a challenge.
Photo provided by Troy Bell
Lynx spiders can be distinguished from others by their hexagonal eye arrangement, long tapering abdomen, and spiny legs. The Green Lynx Spider is the largest found in North America and can be found in the southern U.S., Mexico, and Central America.
These spiders do not make a web; they preserve their silk for their precious egg case, which they guard ferociously. They are considered to be “sit and wait” predators, but some have been observed stalking their prey, much like a cat.
This species has been recognized as a beneficial predator, due to it’s affinity for agricultural pests, such as the Bollworm Moth. They also, unfortunately, have a taste for beneficial insects like honeybees. These spiders will rarely bite humans and their venom is harmless.
What a beautiful spider – thanks again for sharing your photo with us, Troy!