Spiderlings by the hundreds

 

A short photo hike at Big Pine Tract with an incredible find.

Green Lynx Spiderlings

Each egg sac contains hundreds of spiderlings and well defended by their mother.

Green Lynx Spider Babies
Green Lynx Spiderlings ( Spiderlings go through up to 8 instar stages)| Alice Mary Herden | November 18

Mating season in July, eggs are laid in September, hatching and dispersal between November and early January, and growth from January to June.

Green Lynx Spider Babies 2
Green Lynx Spider (Female) guards her nest and will spit venom at any predators 

After going through their instar stages (life stages| molting egg, postembryo..etc), these spiderlings have a long way to go for such a short amount of life, just one year. 

 


Links:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/green_lynx_spider.htmhttps://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-48_green_lynx_spider.htm

http://www.americanarachnology.org/JoA_free/JoA_v28_n2/arac_28_02_0185.pdf

http://www.americanarachnology.org/JoA_free/JoA_v6_n2/JoA_v6_p147.pdf

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Goldenrod Crab Spider

Along with the Green Lynx spider, the Goldenrod crab spider does not weave a web, but created web-like traps around the flower to ambush their prey, hence the long front legs.

Goldenrod Crab Spider
Goldenrod Crab Spider | Alice Mary Herden

Goldenrod crab spiders can change coloration, either to yellow or to white depending on the flower they are at. A female, sad to say, after she lays her eggs she dies.


Links

https://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=Goldenrod-Crab-Spider

Another Green Lynx Spider

Just can’t get enough of the Green Lynx Spider!

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Green Lynx Spider with Carpenter Bee | Alice Mary Herden | October 17

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