Micrathena Orb Weaver

The spider genus Micrathena contains more than hundred species, most of them Neotropical woodland orb-weavers. Only three species occur in the eastern United States: females of M. gracilis (the Spined Micrathena) have five pairs of conical tubercles on the abdomen, female M. mitrata have two short posterior pairs, and female M. sagittata (the Arrow-shaped Micrathena) have three pairs. Micrathena sagittata  is found in the […]

Net Casting Spider – Deinopidae

Deinopidae, also known as Net Casting spiders or Ogre Faced spiders, is a family of cribellate spiders first described by Ludwig Carl Christian Koch in 1850. It consists of stick-like elongate spiders that catch prey by stretching a web across their front legs before propelling themselves forward.The Net Casting spider lives in the warmer parts […]

Ladybird Spider

Ladybird spiders belong to the Eresus species which is a genus of velvet spiders comprising several species, including Eresus cinnaberinus (formerly E. niger) and Eresus sandaliatus, both of which are sometimes known as the “Ladybird spider”. They are mostly found in Eastern and Northern Europe (Info: Wikipedia) Eresus cinnaberinus (formerly Eresus niger) is native to Europe. The taxon “Eresus cinnaberinus” is considered a nomen dubium, the specimens having been divided […]

Steatoda / False Widow Spider

Spiders of the genus Steatoda belong to the spider family Theridiidae, or the cobweb weavers. Also known as Combfooted Spiders, this family includes a number of well known arachnids, including the American house spider, Parasteatoda tepidariorum, and the redback and widow spiders, Latrodectus spp.. Steatoda spiders are found throughout the world, in both temperate and tropical climates.  They are small to moderately small […]

Fishing Spiders – Dolomedes

Fishing Spiders belong to the family Pisauridae ( nursery web and fishing spiders ) and are closely related to Lycosidae ( wolf spiders ) and Ctenidae ( wandering spiders ), counting about 500 different species from all over the world. The famous genus, Pisaura and Dolomedes, the so-called raft or fishing spiders, are very similar in morphology […]

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