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Green Lynx Spider

Peucetia viridans


Lynx spiders are the members of the family Oxyopidae.They all are hunting spiders that spend their lives on plants, flowers and shrubs.


It is primarily of interest for its use in agricultural pest management, for example in cotton fields. The spiders have been observed to hunt several moth species and their larvae, including some of the most important crop pests, such as the bollworm moth (Heliothis zea), the cotton leafworm moth (Alabama agrillacea) and the cabbage looper moth (Trichoplusia ni). However, they also prey on beneficial insects, such as honey bees. (Wikipedia)

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Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 11 years ago

Atul, it is given in wiki that P. viridans occurs only from southern USA to Venezuela. So, i think this is not Peucetia viridans. There are 17 species of Green Lynx Spiders(Genus- Peucetia) found in India as per wiki article-

Atul 11 years ago

Thank you so much Satyen for you help in the id !

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Lovely pic! As defined by Sumukha, this one really seems to be unique. Not that I know about spiders a lot, but there is a mention in Wiki about the Peucetia species which looks almost similar to your's with the yellow bands. You can have a look here:

Atul 11 years ago

Yes sumukha ... thats what got me thinking , never seen a green lynx like this one !

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 11 years ago

The yellow bands on its legs is quite unique in this green lynx spider compared to others..!

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Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Aug 13, 2012
Submitted on Aug 22, 2012

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