Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia viridans)

Order: Araneae
Family: Oxyopidae
Genus: Peucetia
Species: viridans


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Cottondale, Alabama
Foley, Alabama
Montgomery, Alabama
Owens Cross Roads, Alabama
Valley Head, Alabama
Vincent, Alabama
Anthem, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
Oracle, Arizona
Barling, Arkansas
Maumelle, Arkansas
Baldwin Park, California
Bostonia, California
Canoga Park, California
Chula Vista, California
Long Beach, California
Ojai, California
Paramount, California
Rancho Santa Fe, California
Redlands, California
San Diego, California (4 reports)
Upland, California
Winchester, California
Alford, Florida
Bartow, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Ellenton, Florida
Inverness, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Palmetto, Florida
Sebring, Florida
Summerfield, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Dallas, Georgia
Kingsland, Georgia
Peachtree City, Georgia
Rincon, Georgia
Long Beach, Mississippi
Lucedale, Mississippi
Morton, Mississippi
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Concord, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Ellerbe, North Carolina
Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
Thomasville, North Carolina
Wake Forest, North Carolina
Lexington, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Morristown, Tennessee
Aledo, Texas
Alvin, Texas
Beaumont, Texas
Burleson, Texas
Caddo Mills, Texas
Emory, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Houston, Texas
Hutchins, Texas
Lampasas, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas
New Caney, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas
Wharton, Texas
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Members' Notes:


On Jul 3, 2017, robnich from Rancho Santa Fe, CA wrote:

One of these fellows appeared on a Calla Lily blossom in my front patio and remained there for about a week. He appears to be a talented hunter. Some of his victims, including a fly and a bee, were evident down in the depths of the blossom. His last victim was a spider, possibly a female Green Lynx, her partially eaten corpse hanging from a thread. I'm located in San Diego county, California and haven't seen one of these pretty spiders before.


On Sep 3, 2013, Tequilarose320 from Concord, NC wrote:

Found a Green Lynx Spider hanging out on my green peppers plants. Very beautiful. I just hope it leaves my bees alone. Doesn't seem to be aggressive, just hangs out all day. I am careful not disturb it, but I will need to pick those peppers soon.


On Jul 21, 2013, habshockeygrl from Montgomery, AL wrote:

On one hand I know this spider keeps away pests I don't want but they also have a big appetite for bees and I need those to pollinate my pepper garden.


On Sep 9, 2011, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:

I normally dont care for spiders, but this transluscent green spider likes to sit on my son's butterfly bush blooms and is very docile and seems pretty harmless, It has some neat markings on his back which are like a series of stacked stripes on a kind of white appearing flat base color that seems to be the only part of him that is not transclucent. if you look real close he also appears to have little hairs too coming off the orangey red and purple spots on his little legs.


On Sep 26, 2009, bettynsam from Upland, CA wrote:

the spider is not on a plant or flower, it is actually on our railing outside our apartment. there is a lot of web around it also. very strange, we have never seen anything like it.


On Nov 14, 2008, MrsVanPelt from Chula Vista, CA wrote:

REALLY beautiful bug. He was hanging out in our shower for a few days before we were able to catch him. Very fast and saw us coming every time. We put him outside and now he lives on our plants. A lot of fun to watch.


On Sep 24, 2008, DATURA12 from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have found both male and female on my gardenia plants, the female had an eggsac she was protecting.


On Sep 15, 2008, honeybuntoo from Morton, MS wrote:

Just built last year. This is the first summer of vegetation around my house. I noticed this spider early in the summer on my marigolds. It has really grown. I live in Morton Mississippi, central MS. It is interesting to watch. Almost always in the same place if not on the same flower.


On Jul 7, 2008, busy_butterfly from Owens Cross Roads, AL wrote:

this spider is an amazing looking spider,it just sits and waits all day for another insect to come along


On Sep 23, 2006, Sheila965 from Rincon, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

These spiders are amazing to watch. If you ever get one in your garden, you'll see them every year thereafter. They are spectacular hunters. They lie in wait for their prey. Almost every afternoon, I can walk by where one of them are and see them having their afternoon meal.


On Sep 5, 2006, itmeejw from Kingsland, GA wrote:

I have found these spiders on my datura plants. They seem
to be very alert and seem to watch me when I move around
near them. My datura plants are the only place I have seen


On Aug 23, 2006, lizren from Coaling, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

I'd never seen one of these before this year; I noticed it only on a bromeliad I had sitting on my back porch.


On Aug 22, 2006, Xeramtheum from Summerville, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I find the Lynx Spider virtually everywhere in my garden. I always see them on flowers.