Category: Arachnids

Trichonephila clavipes, 11 July 2015

Trichonephila clavipes, the Golden silk spider; Volusia county, Florida (11 July 2015). Locally, we called these “banana spiders” when I was a kid in the late 70s and early 80s. Golden silk spiders (also known as Golden silk orbweavers) are fairly large and have… Continue Reading “Trichonephila clavipes, 11 July 2015”

Xylophanes tersa, 18 July 2020

Xylophanes tersa, the Tersa sphinx; Volusia county, Florida (18 July 2020). Sphinx moths are fairly awesome. As far as moths are concerned, they sport particularly wild and sleek wing designs. This particular species ranges throughout most of the eastern United States and nearly all… Continue Reading “Xylophanes tersa, 18 July 2020”

Peucetia viridans, 03 June 2013

Peucetia viridans, the Green lynx spider; Lowndes county, Georgia (03 June 2013). Check out this vivid, emerald-toned Green lynx spider. This small species ranges throughout much of the southern and southeastern United States as well as most of Central America. Though not prone to… Continue Reading “Peucetia viridans, 03 June 2013”

Neoscona crucifera, 17 September 2012

Neoscona crucifera, the Spotted orbweaver; Lowndes county, Georgia (17 September 2012). A funky shot of a funky orbweaver. I love the rosette tone of this Spotted orbweaver.

Leucauge argyrobapta, 02 April 2023

Leucauge argyrobapta, the Mabel orchard orbweaver; Volusia county, Florida (02 April 2023). Gotta love Mabel orchard orb weavers. These wee spiders are really good at building webs at eye line across trails you walk through during morning hours. Heh. If I had a nickel… Continue Reading “Leucauge argyrobapta, 02 April 2023”

Spring Break 2023: Eutrombicula on Coluber constrictor paludicola

Eutrombicula sp., chigger mites, on Coluber constrictor paludicola, the Everglades racer; Miami-Dade county, Florida (14 March 2023).Spring Break 2023 Zooming in a bit on the Everglades racer, we can see it’s infested by mites. More specifically, I believe these are chigger mites of Genus… Continue Reading “Spring Break 2023: Eutrombicula on Coluber constrictor paludicola”

Micrathena sagittata, 25 October 2015

Micrathena sagittata, the Arrow-shaped orbweaver; Volusia county, Florida (25 October 2015). Registering fairly high on the OMFG scale of arachnid excellence, this is an Arrow-shaped orbweaver, a species that ranges throughout much the eastern United States. This individual is a female; female Arrow-shaped orbweavers… Continue Reading “Micrathena sagittata, 25 October 2015”

Latrodectus geometricus, 21 June 2013

Latrodectus geometricus, the Brown widow; Lowndes county, Georgia (21 June 2013). Though they don’t carry quite the reputation as their Black widow relatives, Brown widows are adequately bad ass in their own right. They can also look very, very similar to one another, complete… Continue Reading “Latrodectus geometricus, 21 June 2013”

Rabidosa rabida, 28 June 2013

Rabidosa rabida, the Rabid wolf spider; Lowndes county, Georgia (28 June 2013). Ah, yes, the infamous “Rabid” wolf spider. Fear not, human, for they are not actually, you know, rabid. In fact, their bite isn’t really dangerous to humans at all. Sure, it may… Continue Reading “Rabidosa rabida, 28 June 2013”

Dolomedes triton, 28 May 2013

Dolomedes triton, the Six-spotted fishing spider; Lowndes county, Georgia (28 May 2013). Anybody who’s spent any time near the freshwater systems of the American southeast knows this species, though perhaps not by name. Though they range across most of the United States and even… Continue Reading “Dolomedes triton, 28 May 2013”

Lyssomanes viridis, 17 May 2015

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,… Continue Reading “Lyssomanes viridis, 17 May 2015”

Neoscona domiciliorum, 08 September 2013

Neoscona domiciliorum, the Red-femured spotted orbweaver; Volusia county, Florida (08 September 2013). Orbweavers are fantastic. The little ones rock, the big ones rule. This is one of the larger ones, the Red-femured spotted orbweaver. They have a propensity for spinning a fairly large web… Continue Reading “Neoscona domiciliorum, 08 September 2013”

Gasteracantha cancriformis, 11 July 2015

Gasteracantha cancriformis, the Spinybacked orbweaver; Volusia county, Florida (11 July 2015). The Spinybacked orbweaver is a very small species commonly encountered throughout Florida and elsewhere across its range (from the Southeastern United States through Central American and much of South America). This is a… Continue Reading “Gasteracantha cancriformis, 11 July 2015”

Verrucosa arenata, 09 May 2015

Verrucosa arenata, the Arrowhead orbweaver; Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2015). I’ve never managed get a great photograph of an Arrowhead orbweaver, but this one is clear enough for me. It was a good moment, a good experience. As for this species, the Arrowhead… Continue Reading “Verrucosa arenata, 09 May 2015”

Lyssomanes viridis, 20 April 2020

Lyssomanes viridis, the Magnolia green jumping spider; Volusia county, Florida (20 April 2020). Oh, yeah, I do love some solid arachnid action, and the Magnolia green jumping spider absolutely delivers. With its brilliant greens and overall agility, this is always a fun species to… Continue Reading “Lyssomanes viridis, 20 April 2020”

Dolomedes albineus, 29 June 2019

Dolomedes albineus, the White-banded fishing spider; Volusia county, Florida (29 June 2019). Ranging throughout much of the eastern half of the United States, the White-banded fishing spider is an apt and able hunter. They tend to hang out near creeks and small streams, hunting… Continue Reading “Dolomedes albineus, 29 June 2019”

Heteropoda venatoria, 27 June 2014

Heteropoda venatoria, the Pantropical huntsman spider; Lake county, Florida (27 June 2014). The Pantropical huntsman spider is, at this point, a global species. Perhaps native to southeastern Asia (I’m not entirely sure), it’s now very well established throughout most of the Floridian peninsula. This… Continue Reading “Heteropoda venatoria, 27 June 2014”

Anasaitis canosa, 02 September 2012

Anasaitis canosa, the Twinflagged jumping spider; Lowndes county, Georgia (02 September 2012). A wee scamper, this Twinflagged jumping spider made me work hard to get this shot — the clearest I could manage. The spider kept darting left and right, forward and back —… Continue Reading “Anasaitis canosa, 02 September 2012”