Today, while collecting tiny insects and spiders in Briones Regional Park using grass sweeping nets, a beating sheet, and an aspirator, Kieran and I happened to sweep up a large, beautiful spider. She’s a type of Green Lynx, recognizable as Peucetia longipalpis by the white pattern on her cephalothorax. The related, and more common, Peucetia viridans has a pattern of white or reddish chevrons down the back. Lynx spiders creep around on vegetation (she’s the same exact color as the plants she clings to, and her legs are translucent green) and capture their prey by ambush or by stalking up on it. The many setae, or sensory hairs, on the legs help them sense and grab their prey. Lynxes have a catholic diet that includes bees, wasps, grasshoppers and katydids, butterflies and even other spiders, including other Lynx spiders. Their hexagonal eye arrangement, perfect for hunting, is unique among spiders.