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Lynx Spider

Oxyopes javanus


Oxyopidae; Oxyopes javanus Thorell, 1887. What is shown in my photos here might be called a "species interaction" as could my photos in my spotting before this one. These two spottings can be viewed as separate events and that is exactly correct. However, I sometimes cannot stop myself from taking a wider perspective. It is perhaps possible to imagine that the Pyrrhocorid was going to consume some vegetation. It would eat as much as it could and do no harm, because it has been doing just that for many millions of years and we still have vegetation growing everywhere. Then, here comes the spider and sets about eating the bug. Once again no harm done for the same reason - many millions of years and we still have bugs. My previous spotting shows the wasp paralyzing the spider to feed it to her larvae. Once again no harm done etc., etc. ad infinitum. Our planet and all the creatures on it were doing just fine, until the arrival of a rather more dangerous species - Homo sapiens. Our population is growing exponentially and we are consuming and polluting everything. No other species behaves like this, but not all is lost. I firmly believe that education can and will save us. That is what is so great about Project Noah. We are all learning from each other and this can only lead to a much better understanding. Everyone knows the old adage, "If we understand the problem, we can can solve the problem". So, Happy Spottiing :-)


This Lynx Spider with his prey was spotted in a rice field which had been allowed to grow wild after the rice crop was harvested.

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John B.
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John B.

Palauig, Central Luzon, Philippines

Spotted on Nov 15, 2016
Submitted on Jul 17, 2022

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