This bright green spider likes to hide in plain sight, blending in with leaves.
The green lynx spider, Peucetia viridans, is believed to be one of the most proficient predators found in the foliage of Florida’s low-to-medium-sized outdoor shrubs.
As its name implies, this bug pounces on prey, relying on its speed and jumping ability. The green lynx spider doesn’t spin webs. Oh, and it can supposedly spit venom in self-defense.
Studies on this spider’s eating habits reveal that it consumes many Bad Bugs but also many Good Bugs, including various bees and other native pollinators.
A Bug Week staffer notes that there’s at least one species of wasp that makes a meal out of the green lynx spider, instead of the other way around:
“Over the years, I’ve had to clean up a lot of mud dauber wasp nests off of walls and ceilings — you get a broom handle or a mop handle and bust up the nest and then scrub down whatever’s left of the mud.
Usually when I do this, the first thing that happens when I break open the nest is, there’s a shower of paralyzed lynx spiders. They’re all in perfect condition because they’re still alive. But they can’t move because they’ve been stung by the wasp. They were inside the nest to provide food for a wasp larva. Now they’re out but there’s nothing I can do to help them. It’s a bad situation for all concerned.”