Lyssomanes Viridis – Magnolia Green Jumper

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Lyssomanes viridis, commonly called magnolia green jumper, is a small bright green jumping spider that can be found in the Southeastern United States and Mexico.

Magnolia Green Jumping Spider Description

The body and legs of the magnolia jumper have a bright green color that may even appear slightly translucent at times. An adult spider has around eight brown or black dots on its abdomen – sometimes they are small and hard to be seen. Its eyes appear as dark black dots surrounded by some yellow or orange hairs.

Lyssomanes Viridis - Mangolia Green Jumper
Can you see the faint dark spots on the abdomen and the orange coloring around the eyes? Photo: Wikipedia


Even compared with other jumping spiders, the magnolia green jumper is a small spider. An adult female specimen can reach a size of up to 0.3 inches (0.8 cm). The male specimen is somewhat smaller with a maximal size of 0.25 inches (0.6 cm).

Lyssomanes Viridis - Mangolia Green Jumper in a glass
This photo of a green jumper gives a good perspective of its size. Photo by Mikayla in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area.


As any jumping spider, the magnolia green jumper does not spin a web. While it does have the ability to produce silk it only uses this to produce safety lines during very audacious jumps to prevent a deep fall. Since the magnolia green jumper isn’t able to jump as far and high as some of its close relatives, it hardly ever uses this ability.


Magnolia green jumping spiders hardly bite any humans or pets. They are a very fast and shy species and generally rather escape then attack. In the rare cases that they bite a human or a larger pet, it is generally less severe than a bee sting and causes some local swelling at worst.

Scientific Classification of Lyssomanes viridis

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Chelicerata
  • Class: Arachnida
  • Order: Araneae
  • Infraorder: Araneomorphae
  • Family: Salticidae
  • Genus: Lyssomanes
  • Species: Lyssomanes virids

Common Names

Magnolia green jumper or magnolia green jumping spider.

Distribution of the magnolia green jumping spider in the USA

Lyssomanes Viridis – Magnolia Green Jumper range

The magnolia green jumper is mostly observed in the Southeastern States of the U.S. These are: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

Lyssomanes Viridis – Magnolia Green Jumper

11 thoughts on “Lyssomanes Viridis – Magnolia Green Jumper

  1. I have seen this spider around a lot recently on my deck. And then two were in my house! I finally took this picture this morning when I saw it. It moves in an almost jumpy motion but slower than jumping spiders but doesn’t crawl. Usually the legs are more angled towards the front and the large pinchers (?) at the front move rapidly. Since I have been seeing so many I would like to know what it is. Thank you.

  2. I just saw this little guy out here in Louisa County, Virginia. Northwest of Richmond. I offered him my finger to jump on (as I do with all jumping spiders, and have befriended some of them). He declined, but then jumped onto my shirt sleeve a few minutes later. Ha Ha Peace.

  3. My kids found this cutie in our yard mid July in SC! We checked him out and then placed him gently in the bushes to keep him from getting trampled. So pretty!

  4. Yo encontré esta araña Magnolia, estaba tomando fotos a un par de flores y revisando las fotos me dí cuenta que también capte una araña verde, así que en la noche la fui a ver, y si, si estaba ahí, cuidando lo que parece ser sus huevos.

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