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Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia viridans)

The green lynx spider (Peucetia viridans) is a conspicuous, large, bright green spider found on shrubs. It is the largest North American lynx spider. The female reaches a body length of 22mm, the more slender male averages 12mm. There usually is a red patch between the eyes, with red spots over the body. The eye region is clothed with white appressed hairs. The legs are green to yellow, with very long black spines and covered with black spots. It is rather similar to P. longipalpis, the other Peucetia species to occur in the US.

It very seldom bites humans, and its bite is harmless. This species occurs in the southern United States, Central America, the West Indies and Venezuela.

For a large and brightly colored spider, the Green Lynx is rarely noticed. Unlike some other members of the Family Oxyopidae, this spider does not actively hunt, but instead lies in wait for unwary bees, flies, and other insects. The spiders almost always choose light green foliage on which to position themselves. They prefer to be near flowers, but still tend to be perfectly camouflaged.

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As is my habit, I was hiking with my camera in hand when I found this Green Lynx Spider on a flower. Closer inspection revealed that he was snacking on a small bee.

I slowly moved closer to the spider and used my Canon 40D with a Sigma 105 mm Macro lens to shoot about 20 pictures. To get enough light and a decent DOF, I set the ISO to 200. As I shoot mostly from the hand (no tripod), to avoid camera shake I laid flat with my elbows on the ground, and also picked a shuter speed of 1/320 s. With a F/10 aperture I managed to get most of the busy end of the spider in focus.
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tavfan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I am always happy to hear that I'm not the only Photographer that manages to get into the most interesting positions when taking pictures. This is an incredible shot, especially for those conditions! :)
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Cristian-M Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008
I take a lot of my shots laying flat on the ground. Firstly, because where most of my favorite subjects are, and secondly because it gives me greater stability.
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tavfan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I truly do understand :) and it sure is working! I just wonder: Did you ever get this certain "what the hell is he taking a picture of" look from others?! :XD: I tend to get that a lot!
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Cristian-M Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008
Oh, people always wonder what I'm photographing, especially since in most cases they can't see the subject because it's too small! :lol:
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dynasourX Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
Wow.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on honorable mention1
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Cristian-M Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Thanks!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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Den-drite Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
Awesome shot! :heart:
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KitsuneSam Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008
That's such a cool looking spider. Beautiful pic.
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Well done, Cristian :)
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shaggz86 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome photo, i love the capture of the moment
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YamiNick Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Very good shot and cool spider too!
Good luck for the contest. :excited:
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InsaneDrako Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Woah, it's really cool!

I'd give you first prize ;)
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Cristian-M Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008
Thanks! :w00t:
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InsaneDrako Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
;3
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armene Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional Photographer
cool shot :)
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jtp755 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional Photographer
You have done it again! This is amazing. I can imagine how you felt once you realized it was in the middle of eating. heh!
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Cristian-M Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Yes, I felt hungry! :D
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jtp755 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional Photographer
heh...
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ErinM2000 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Definitely amazing! I loved to hear your story on how you captured this one. :clap:
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Wow!:wow: What a great shot,Cristian!:clap:
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drrocket Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
O! :clap: Well done!!! Pretty little beasties, like and Emerald with legs.
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Cristian-M Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Very nice metaphor, thanks! :)
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drrocket Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Would have come out better if I could tipe properly.

Note to self: proof-read!

:rofl:
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Cristian-M Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
You wrote "tipe"... :lol:
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drrocket Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
:ohmygod: Sigh....
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Cristian-M Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Thanks for making me laugh! :D
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drrocket Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
:)
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mssbehave Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
once again another amazing picture...i hate spiders thou major phobia to it long story to explain lol
but this shot is just beyond cool!
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Cristian-M Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
I appreciate that despite your phobia you left a very nice comment on this image.

If you hate spiders, make sure you don't click on the "Arachnids" folder in my gallery.. :)
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mssbehave Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
even though im old im like a kid you say dont do it and guess what u just cant help it lol
i been in that folder...you have amazing work even on ugly creepy spiders :giggle:
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200
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Jul 24, 2008, 1:10:59 PM
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