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The Spider and the Fly

A lynx spider is consuming its prey, which is some kind of fly. I took the photo at a little bit of an angle in order to get all of the spider in the photo.  It was mostly vertical with … Continue reading

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The Spider, the Bee, and the Fly

I stopped by Conard Environmental Research Area, a prairie/savannah reconstruction and restoration owned by Grinnell College.  It is a pretty good area to find butterflies, but today was a little too overcast and windy for them.  I still had a … Continue reading

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A Jumping Spider

I took a day off from work today and went to The Ledges State Park.  I had a lovely day and saw lots of wildlife.  Maybe my favorite was this small jumping spider. Small but charismatic.

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Sometimes You Get Lucky

We had some thunderstorms today–warm, summer-like rains.  I went outside shortly after one of the showers and looked for insects on the side of a locust tree trunk.  This tree has some great lichens which I knew would look spectular … Continue reading

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Hanging by a Thread (and Making More)

I was out at dusk tonight and I saw this small spider hanging from a flower. It seemed to be spinning silk for its web, but it was too dark for me to see.

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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 … Continue reading

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Eight Eyes (More or Less)

Here is a spider I found under a log.

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Just Passing Through

One day while I was watching the top of a mound of Formica exsectoides I saw a dark object rapidly moving across the mound, apparently carefully avoiding any ants or other creatures that could be found there.  I snapped a … Continue reading

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