Bug Shots

A closer look at insect photography

Lemon Grass Lynx

Posted by Darren on September 19, 2010

Lately I’ve noticed that the leaves of this lemon grass are regularly visited by several spider species.  This specimen appears to be the Elegant Lynx Spider (Oxyopes elegans) which I am now seeing more regularly now Spring has arrived.  I find Lynx spiders can be easy to shoot if you don’t approach them too quickly with the lens.  They appear to have excellent eyesight and are very quick at making a dash behind leaves if startled.  If you ever find a Lynx Spider sitting on a nest it can be a great opportunity to take some shots as they will stubbornly refuse to move from their eggs no matter how close you get!

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3 Responses to “Lemon Grass Lynx”

  1. Absolutely amazing! Great shots once again, Darren!

  2. Very nice shots. I suspect most spiders that actively hunt (rather than waiting in a web) have good eye sight and can be easily spooked. Slow, smooth movements, as you suggest, are the key to getting close (although sometimes even that isn’t enough).

  3. I did not realize that spiders sat on a nest. I thought they simply deposited eggs and moved on. Interesting.

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