Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Green Lynx Spider

Green Lynx Spider

A Green Lynx Spider guarding her egg case

As fall arrives the many plants and animals of Prairie Ridge begin to prepare for winter. The Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia viridans) prepares for winter by producing an egg sack containing the next year’s generation. The female guards the unborn young inside from potential predators. This behavior makes fall the best time of year to find these otherwise elusive spiders.

The spider gets its name from its habit of actively chasing its prey, even jumping from plant to plant to capture insects. The spider will lie in wait until a suitable meal happens by and then the chase is on! Although the spider is a ferocious hunter it is hesitant to bite when handled. Care must still be taken for the Green Lynx Spider has been known to spit venom up to twelve inches and can cause temporary blindness if it lands in the eyes.

Be sure to look for these fascinating creatures during your next visit to Prairie Ridge or while in your own backyard.

Find out more about the natural happenings at Prairie Ridge at our What Time Is It In Nature Archive.