Order/family: Araneae: Oxyopidae
INTRODUCTION: Lynx Spiders are long legged spiders which can
be easily identified by the very long spines on their legs and their eye
setting. Their abdomen is like a pencil ending in a point. Their size is
between 4 and 6 mm. The spiders are common in Brisbane gardens. They
have very good vision, with eight eyes, in the pattern four rows of two.
They come in many different colours, the Green Lynx spider is quite
common in the United States. It is a conspicuous, large, bright green
spider found on many kinds of shrublike plants throughout the southern
United States and is the largest North American lynx spider and is
common throughout Florida.
BITE: While the Green Lynx spider
aggressively attacks its insect prey, it very seldom bites humans. While
its bite is of little concern to humans, the green Lynx spider is of
interest because of its potential use in agricultural pest management.
However, their usefulness in the control of insect pests is counteracted
by their willingness to prey also upon beneficial insects. These spiders
seize large numbers of honey bees, Apis mellifera Linnaeus, and sphecid
and vespid wasps.
HABITAT: Lynx spiders are found all over
the world including Australia and USA. The spiders are common in gardens
and can be found in trees or on grass, usually on the top of the plants.
PREY: They move actively in day time
hunting small insects. They have a long body and long thin legs. The egs
are covered with long spines. They are colourful with green-yellow,
silver and brown bands along their bodies. They hunt like a cat, i.e.,
slowly approaching the prey and suddenly jumping on it and this where
the spiders got the name "Lynx" from. Although their eyesight is
not as good as that of the jumping spiders they can see their prey from
a distance of up to 10 centimeters.
Lynx Spiders show great parental care, guarding her eggs and then
two weeks later when the egg sac hatches , guarding her children.
This is common in the spider world. Lynx Spiders do not build web
nor retreat but make egg sac on leaves.
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