Monday, September 8, 2014

Corralitas Drive: If Stephen Sprouse Designed A Spider...

Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 4, 2014.  The Green Lynx Spider (outside my kitchen window) was the most colorful spider I've ever seen in the neighborhood.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Day-glo pink legs with black polka-dots, yellow knees with red splotches, don't forget the spikes on those legs & hooks at the tips of the feet, lime-green body with chevrons, red warpaint on her doesn't get much more punk-pop, 1980's iconic fashion designer Stephen Sprouse.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 4, 2014.  I searched What's That Bug? with "green spider, pink legs" & the Green Lynx Spider immediately came up.  Further searching on both What's That Bug? & Bug Guide show variations in the species with regard to their fashion choices.  

Photo: Diane Edwardson, September 4, 2014.  Eight eyes of varying
sizes are on a small round cap facing the camera.  Green Lynx Spiders do not spin webs, they are jumping spiders.  It jumps to catch prey!  I'm glad I didn't know that while I was up close shooting photos.  This one appeared to be about  2.5 - 3" across its leg-span.

It was just posing on the yellow hibiscus plant where many Giant Swallowtail Butterflies pass by.  These spiders have been documented taking down butterflies!  That is one badass punk rock spider, even if it is dressed in 80's day-glo fashion.