It’s Alive!!!

In my last post I found what I thought were the remains of some kind of a spider, parasitized by some unknown creature.

I posted the picture on bugguide.  It was recognized right away as a bolas spider.   But there is nothing wrong with it.  That is just the way they look.

I had poked and prodded it but it had not responded.  So I saved the leaf and spider in a jar. 

I transfered it back to the wild today, and I did get it to come out a little more.

They are called bolas spiders because they dangle silk with a drop of liquid, looking something like a bolas.  It uses that silk to capture flies.

Here is another look at it.

That’s a weird-looking spider.


About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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