The beautiful green lynx
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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We have an
understanding. The lynx spiders are expected to
protect my blackberries from the depredations of insects. In
they are permitted to eat any insects they catch.
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.
A mature spider feasting on
a golden paper
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.
She continues to guard the
squiggle of spiderlings in the nursery web.
After these spiderlings left
the nursery web, this female constructed another, and raised a second
I was surprised to find this green lynx
spider with a red abdomen, in my garden.
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