Category Archives: Araneae

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A Running Crab Spider — Philodromus histrio

Philodromus histrio is found worldwide across the northern hemisphere, this one was found in our front garden in Edmonton. In Sweden the name is Praktsnabblöpare, translating to “Magnificent Fast Runner”. The only site that carried some of […]

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Hammock Spider, sans hammock.

This may well be my only submission for Arachtober! This is what Gary calls an End-of-the-season-geez-thanks-for-at-least-a-live-arthropod Spider, but hopefully I will have more arthropods to share before the season ends. Pityohyphantes costatus  is a Hammock Spider, […]

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Philodromid Mom

A Running Crab Spider (Family Philodromidae) found in the garden under a lily leaf, guarding her egg case. Running crab spiders are hunters, and do not build webs to capture prey. When hunting they do lay a […]

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Martagon

One of the more successful plants in our garden are the white Martagon lilies we bought many years ago. They appreciate light shade and do well as a woodland plant. They will self-seed when happy with […]

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Microlinyphia mandibulata (Emerton 1882)

An adult male Microlinyphia mandibulata, previously blogged about at Delicate Linyphiidae. This is a sheet-web weaver (Linyphiidae), so named for the shape of their webs. Four photos of this spider are now up at the gallery. (Photographed […]

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Running Crab Spider, Thanatus sp.

Another upload to the gallery, this time a female Running Crab Spider (Philodromidae), Thanatus sp., possibly T. formicinus. At the time, I wondered about the ‘split’ on the abdomen, and it was only when I […]

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A Wanderer

Wandering spiders. Late summer, and it’s time for male spiders to find a mate and leave their imprint on the world. It’s a last-ditch effort. Winter is near and it’s now or never. This is a grass […]

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Another look at D. triton

Earlier this month while I was in the Devonian Botanical Garden I intersected with an school field-trip class and Shelley Ryan-Hovind. They had captured a fishing spider and I had the opportunity to photograph it while it […]

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