I love spiders. Jumping spiders are definitely my favorites. They have such emotive eyes and are super active. Green lynx spiders are definitely not as active but they are just so interesting to look at. Around ten years ago I went on a hike through government canyon state park just north of San Antonio, TX. It was just the right time to see all the green lynx spiders laying eggs.
There are lots of prickly pear cacti in the park and just about every spider I saw had a nursery in one. I imagine the spines disuaded many predators from coming too close.
I took several other pictures that day that I'll post in the future, I have a series on a beautiful black widow that I'm working on. For now though I wanted to add in this picture of some type of hairstreak butterfly. The picture wasn't that great so I did more of an artsy take on it. I did discover that there are a ton of hairstreak butterflies that basically all look the same to me. If you've got some better idea of which this is, please let me know. And, if you're a lepidopterist what in the world is going on with the phylogeny here??