Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Spider Alert! The Green Lynx

How is it possible to be a gardener and an arachnophobic?

Simple, one always  has to be watchful and knowing of the spiders' territories.

I am sure my neighbors laugh about me when they see me on my morning walks through Myrtle Glen. I wave a stick in front of me, and yes there are times I do the 'spider dance' when a web gets on me despite my spider stick.

home of the resident Green Lynx"

A Green Lynx (Peucetia viridans) took up residency in the soft leaves of my Mouse Trap Tree (Uncarina grandidieri).

This spider does not make a web but hides and jumps on its prey.

Green Lynx spider

Look at those long spines pointing in all directions...  I am wondering if the spider sticks itself ;)

that's too close!


  1. Great post! I love this spider but never knew the name. Thanks for sharing. I have no fear of spiders, but you will not like my next post. It's about a spider bite i have at the moment. It happened in my house not in the garden. Most small spiders can't actually bite you, but I do understand your fear. My wife fears snakes...even tiny ones.
    David/ :-)

  2. David, thanks for the warning, I will be on alert when visiting your blog ;)

  3. Woah! That's a mean looking spidey there! I wonder which is worst..walking into a spider waiting in its web OR being jumped on by a hidden spider. Great photo by the way.

  4. *shudder* both possibilities are scary ;-)

  5. Impressive photos! Spiders that jump on their prey definitely sound way scarier than web spiders!