The lynx spiders don’t build a web for catching prey, but are ambush hunters, just like the crab spiders. They often stay motionless around flowers where they are sure the prey would come and say hello to them. Their long spiny legs and characteristic eyes make them easy to identify.

lynx spider, oxyopidae

Hiding by nectar flowers assure them their daily diet, like the one below. They are considered euryphagous, which means they aren’t picky about the food they eat.

lynx spider, oxyopes

Once they capture their food, they go to the rear of the flower or retreat down to the bush to feed the prey.


Date: 2007/2011
Location: @ home, Kottayam, Kerala, India
Camera: Nikon D80 + Tamron SP AF90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens 


References:

1. Turner, M. Diet and feeding phenology of the green lynx spider, Peucetia viridans (Araneae: Oxyopidae). Journal of Arachnology, 149-154 (1979).

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