I recently had the opportunity to capture an incredible shot of a Green Lynx Spider while exploring the utility roads at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This remarkable arachnid was perched on a single blade of Johnson grass, and I couldn’t believe my luck in coming across such a unique and fascinating creature.

Green Lynx Spider

Green Lynx Spider

The Green Lynx Spider, scientifically known as Peucetia viridans, is a species of spider found throughout the southern United States, Mexico, and Central America. Known for their bright green coloration and impressive hunting skills, these spiders are a favorite subject for many nature photographers and enthusiasts.

One of the most distinctive features of the Green Lynx Spider is their hunting behavior. Unlike many other spiders, they do not spin webs to catch prey. Instead, they rely on their impressive speed and agility to pounce on their victims. They are particularly adept at hunting insects such as grasshoppers and crickets, which they can easily overpower despite their larger size.

Another interesting fact about the Green Lynx Spider is that they are not actually green throughout their entire life cycle. They start off as small, brown-colored spiderlings and gradually turn green as they mature. This color change is thought to help them blend in better with their surroundings, making them more effective hunters.

Overall, encountering and photographing the Green Lynx Spider was a truly unforgettable experience. As a nature photographer, I am constantly amazed by the beauty and complexity of the natural world, and this particular spider is a perfect example of just how incredible it can be.

Gear Used:

Camera: Canon EOS R5
Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM


  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: August 28, 2022 (08:35 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f10
  • Shutter speed: 1/800
  • ISO: 1000 (Auto)
  • Exposure Compensation: -1/3 EV
  • Focal Length: 500 mm

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