Sunday, October 18, 2009

Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia viridans): Instars

This Green Lynx spider laid eggs around the second to third weeks in September. When she spun the egg case, she spun web between nearby branches and the branch on which the case was attached to stabilize the egg case.

As it got closer to the time the eggs hatched, she spun more lines to make sure that the egg case was secure. This photo was taken on September 29, 2009.

By the time the eggs hatched, the egg case was really secured. In this photo, the instars cluster on the egg case and in the webs around the case, the female is on the branch above and to the right of the case, and the remains of the egg 'shells' hang in the web below the case. This photo was taken on October 4th, 2009.

A close up of the same egg case with instars. This photo was taken on October 4th, 2009.

Close up of an instar. This photo was taken on October 9th, 2009. I couldn’t find the female this day. The instars appeared to be ‘on their own.’

PS: I couldn’t find the egg cases or any sign of the instars after the heavy rain last week. I hope at least some made their way down the bush into the grass below and survived the bad weather.

Related Posts:

- Green Lynx Spiders (Peucetia viridans)

- Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia viridans): Egg-laying Time Again….

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