A macro photographer spent five years documenting the complete life cycle of the lesser-known Green Lynx Spider
Amith Kiran Menezes
Lynx spiders often stay motionless on flowers where they are sure to come across unsuspecting prey. Their long spiny legs and characteristic eyes make them easily identifiable. Here, a gravid mother waits patiently, in the stillness of her perfect camouflage.
The largest order of arachnids, spiders rank seventh in terms of total species diversity among all other orders. There are more than 45,000 known species of spiders found in habitats all over the world. When I first started photographing these eight-eyed, eight-legged creatures, my first encounter was with a Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia sp.). This collection of images and observations has been curated over the years, and documents the complete life cycle of this common yet understudied species. These observations might seem simple, but unlike other animals, recording and observing spiders is by no means an easy task. It took me five years to put this together!
Friday, 02 December, 2022
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Amith Kiran Menezes is a macro photographer with a passion for photographing the tiny world and its strange and wonderful creatures—making visible what cannot be seen otherwise with the naked eye. He posts as @amithkiranmenezes on Instagram.