Looking like something out of a SCI-FI movie, the Green Lynx Spider awaits very inauspiciously to any prey should come his way.

Lynx Spiders are hunting spiders that spend their lives on plants, flowers and shrubs. Nimble runners and jumpers, they rely on their keen eyesight to stalk, chase or ambush prey. Six of their eight eyes are arranged in a hexagon-like pattern, a characteristic that identifies them as members of the family Oxyopidae. They also have spiny legs.

This spider has a bright translucent green body with rows of small red spots and a red patch between the eyes. It has long thin legs, with rows of black spines. Green Lynx spiders are mostly plant dwellers, and bites occur as the person walks through the foliage. This bite is extremely painful, burning, and itching may cause surrounding (edema) swelling up to 7"-10" in diameter. These bites resolve spontaneously in several days.

Some members of the genus Oxyopes are abundant enough to be important in agricultural systems as biological control agents.

Picture taken in my back yard (Fort Worth, Texas)

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  • Ralph Angelillo
    Ralph Angelilloover 5 years ago

    Super Great capture Dennis… a fave to me !

  • Gaby Swanson  Photography
    Gaby Swanson ...over 5 years ago

    awesome capture

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 5 years ago

    eewwww I hate spiders creepy crawlers that can sneek up and attack you……eewwww, and this one looks mean, like the hairs on his legs can spike you ……..eewww I would take a gator over these things. eewww. I just get the jitters looking at, maybe becuase you made it look so sharp and clear like real life hugh eewww….. : )

    JUSTARTover 5 years ago

    great macro

  • Ekascam
    Ekascamover 5 years ago

    What an amazing spider, love the hairy legs & backgroud colour shows him up like a real star..

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 5 years ago

    What an outstanding capture. Great colors and composition.

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyeover 5 years ago

    Oh wow. This is just amazing. The detail and color is just right. Perfect.

  • Karri Klawiter
    Karri Klawiterover 5 years ago

    Congrats…..featured work!

    Thanks for being part of Arachnids Group

  • wow, thank you very much for the feature. – Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • valandsnake
    valandsnakeover 5 years ago

    lovely macro detail and great colour in this interesting shot, congrats on the feature

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeover 5 years ago

    Brilliant shot, Dennis! Congratulations on the feature!

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