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.

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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.

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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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A day for the Green Lynx Spider

Escaping the computer… and glad I did! Mostly all the photos I took that day of Butterflies had an unexpected guest just below.  Remember, never forget to look more closely around the subject you are photographing… learn to take that extra time. I know that is hard to do when you have other people with you, or you feel there is a lack of time, but we all need to slow down and observe what nature shows us.

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Green Lynx Spider clinging to the Thistle leaves in attempt to capture an Eastern Swallowtail gathering nectar | August 20 
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Green Lynx Spider awaits clinging on the petals of this beautiful Dotted Horsemint flower | August 20
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This Green Lynx Spider captured a Metallic Green Bee | August 20

 

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Green Lynx Spider

Just one of the a few spiders that do not weave a web. These wait patiently for prey to cross their paths. I have seen these spiders on thistles, which is a good choice for these guys since thistles are a hot spot for moths, bees and butterflies.

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Green Lynx Spider | August 6

These spiders are great leapers they do create a dragline. Those spiny long legs and neon green color are almost unnoticeable… so watch where you step!


Link

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/green_lynx_spider.htm