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Old 06-25-2010, 05:25 PM   #1
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You know that planting and maintaining a native landscape is worth it when you find an endangered species running around your yarden...

I just found this guy. I had to catch him in a petri dish because he was FAST! Apparently, they only come out of their webs for mating...I hope he finds some lovin' cause they are endangered...




It is a red legged purseweb spider Sphodros rufipes I believe. If I am wrong please correct me...
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tineckbone,
Congrats on attracting an endangered species with the native plants in your "yarden."

I have to say that's the weirdest looking spider I have ever seen!
Kind of handsome though with those bright red legs. I'm sure he'll attract a mate.
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You know that planting and maintaining a native landscape is worth it when you find an endangered species running around your yarden...

I just found this guy. I had to catch him in a petri dish because he was FAST! Apparently, they only come out of their webs for mating...I hope he finds some lovin' cause they are endangered...




It is a red legged purseweb spider Sphodros rufipes I believe. If I am wrong please correct me...

That is a very unusual looking spider. Glad to know that your interest in and dedication to providing natives has been rewarded.
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:55 PM   #4
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So glad to hear you are providing good enough habitat to attract endangered species. Equally glad that I didn't walk thru his web - I'd have a coronary to see THAT on my arm, or peeking out of my curls. . .

Congratulations!
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so glad to hear you are providing good enough habitat to attract endangered species. Equally glad that i didn't walk thru his web - i'd have a coronary to see that on my arm, or peeking out of my curls. . .

Congratulations!
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Old 06-26-2010, 06:55 AM   #6
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So glad to hear you are providing good enough habitat to attract endangered species. Equally glad that I didn't walk thru his web - I'd have a coronary to see THAT on my arm, or peeking out of my curls. . .

Congratulations!
Not to worry, they spin "tubes" at the bottom of trees or among rocks and such. The only time they come out is for mating and judging by his speed, they are in a hurry to do so. I cannot think of another spider that I have seen that moved as fast as this guy was. I had to run to catch up to him, okay so it was a really quick walk, but he was FAST!
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Niiiiiice spidey!!!!
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Not to worry, they spin "tubes" at the bottom of trees or among rocks and such. The only time they come out is for mating and judging by his speed, they are in a hurry to do so. I cannot think of another spider that I have seen that moved as fast as this guy was. I had to run to catch up to him, okay so it was a really quick walk, but he was FAST!
It is great to "hear" the excitement in your post. Cool about the tubes, too.
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