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Lynx Spider
Puecetia viridens

The beautiful green lynx spider is a welcome inhabitant in my yard.  Especially on my prized blackberry vines.  I often refer to them as "my green guards".
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Lynx Spider, Puecetia viridens We have an understanding.  The lynx spiders are expected to protect my blackberries from the depredations of insects.  In return they are permitted to eat any insects they catch.









Lynx Spider, Puecetia viridens Here is my thumb for a size cue.  This is a young spider in the spring.  It will be much larger in a few weeks.









Lynx Spider, Puecetia viridens A mature spider feasting on a golden paper wasp Polistes fucatus .










Lynx Spider, Puecetia viridens This female is guarding her egg sac in the nursery web late in the fall.  Notice that her abdomen and legs have lost the bright green color.









Lynx Spider, Puecetia viridens She continues to guard the squiggle of spiderlings in the nursery web.










Lynx Spider, Puecetia viridens After these spiderlings left the nursery web, this female constructed another, and raised a second brood.









Lynx Spider, Puecetia viridens I was surprised to find this green lynx spider with a red abdomen, in my garden.









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