Lyssomanes viridis, the Magnolia green jumping spider;
Lake county, Florida (17 May 2015).
The Magnolia green jumping spider is a common species widely distributed throughout most of the American southeast. Averaging between five and eight millimeters, this is a wee tiny spider that, yes, likes to hang out around Magnolia trees, but in Florida they can certainly be found on a wider variety of trees and other plants. Really, if it’s a plant and there are insects scattering about on it,, then it’s probably good enough for this species. The Magnolia green jumping spider scratches out its living by eating hapless, small insects going about their business on the backs of plants.