Lynx Spider - Peucetia viridans
This Female Green Lynx Spider is protecting her egg sack and making a meal of a small pollen covered native bee. These spiders do not catch their prey with a web but pounce on them instead. I am fascinated by the eyes of spiders, particularly the hunting spiders. They have very good vision compared to insects. The eyes are looking forward. If you look at the eyes of a fly or bee they are on the sides of the head. A measure of the size of this spider can be seen by the thumb in the background. The spider was not at all aggressive to me but maybe a little worried when I flipped her leaf over to take this photo. The Lynx Spiders will often hang upside down and are sometimes referred to as upside down jumping spiders.
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