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Old 01-13-2009, 01:11 PM   #11
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Hmm. I just tried them, and they both worked for me.
I have a feeling it's my new laptop/Vista and stuff my son put on for security. He's a Director for Security for an international financial institution in NYC. Personally, I don't like to live with "fear of ..." but he deals with it 24/7.

I'll try another computer.
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:10 AM   #12
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This was taken on Edisto Island, SC last July...
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Old 01-27-2009, 08:23 AM   #13
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Hello, SquirrelFeeder. Nice to have you here.
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:33 PM   #14
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This was taken on Edisto Island, SC last July...
This spider is a golden silk orb-weaver, Nephila clavipes; quite common in the south. At various times, it has been placed in the families Araneidae (orb-weaving spiders) or Tetragnathidae (long-jawed orb-weavers); spiders in this genus now are placed in a family of their own, Nephilidae.
See http://tinyurl.com/yvtosn and http://tinyurl.com/3c43ww for much more information.
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:47 PM   #15
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Attached is a photo of a mantid lurking in our nasturtiums. Looks hungry, doesn't she?
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:54 PM   #16
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Thanks for the welcome and the info...

Spiders & bugs aren't really my thing...but since it was stretched across the trail we were walking I couldn't just stroll on by...
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Old 01-28-2009, 04:57 PM   #17
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The Mantid's are such fascinating creatures, aren't they. Always glad to have them in the garden.
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Old 02-01-2009, 09:05 PM   #18
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I recently found this spider under a log near my frog pond. I tried to ID with a field guide - and think it is a ghost spider. Can anyone confirm or correct? Anyway, I think its really cool!
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Old 02-02-2009, 08:23 AM   #19
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I recently found this spider under a log near my frog pond. I tried to ID with a field guide - and think it is a ghost spider. Can anyone confirm or correct? Anyway, I think its really cool!
I believe that this is a six-spotted fishing spider (Dolomedes triton) - see http://tinyurl.com/ct3alp for an image. It belongs to the family Pisauridae, and like their close relatives, wolf spiders, they are active hunters that do not spin capture webs. They may be told apart by their eye pattern; their frontal median eyes are not greatly enlarged as in wolf spiders. These spiders also may be known as nursery web or dock spiders.
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:52 AM   #20
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Nice pictures everyone.
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