Green Lynx: The Next Generation

Green Lynx spider babies on croton.

A clump of spider babies still crowding near their silken nest… the fuzzy shelter of a goatweed leaf.

…in the fuzzy shelter of a goatweed leaf.

baby 3

The stronger ones strike out…

baby 2

…glass-green spiny legs explore…

baby 1

…out to new territory.

Mama guards from down below...

Mama guards from down below…

...and rushes up to check out a threat--

…and rushes up to check out a threat–

--8 eyes keeping watch.

–8 eyes keeping watch.

I had been wondering where all the Green Lynx spiders had gone, when I noticed a goatweed plant with a big, dead-looking clump on top.  What I thought was a bunch of tiny red bugs turned out to be this recently hatched family of baby spiders, and then I finally saw the mama Green Lynx (Peucetia viridans) hanging around underneath the nest.  When she noticed me, she ran up quickly to defend her babies.

This beautiful green creature is about an inch long (2.5 cm).  It was an overcast day when I took these pictures, so I did use the Smart Tone tool in Adobe Photoshop Elements to increase the contrast.