Lyssomanes viridis: Magnolia Green Jumping Spider

Lyssomanes viridis is a translucent green spider… This species commonly lives on the tree Magnolia grandiflora. – Richman & Whitcomb

These spiders mostly eat flies, such as syrphid flies and dolichopodid flies. Their legs and body are a pale translucent green, and they have red and white scales on top of their head around the eyes. Males have noticeably long jaws.

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^ Lyssomanes viridis on Yarrow [Achiella ‘Moonshine’]

Lyssomanes is a spider genus of the Salticidae family (jumping spiders). Approximately 80 species have been described, ranging from South and Central America, up to the southern United States.

They are long-legged, with translucent bodies frequently green or yellow. They resemble lynx spiders, except that they have large anterior median eyes.

Photos: Chamblee, GA, USA [20150725]

Source: Wikipedia

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