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Arachnids (Spiders)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Mesh Web Weaver Spider (Dictynidae family)

tiny, tiny, tiny!

Learn: http://susanleachsnyder.com/GopherTortoisePreserve/ArachnidsInThePreserve.html#Dict

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/specks-of-spiders/

 

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Arabesque Orbweaver Spider (Neoscona arabesca)

One of the Spotted Orbweavers.  Seems this one is missing a leg.

Larval host: Ichneumon Wasp (Acrotaphus wiltii) source: http://bugguide.net/node/view/44031

Diet: insects

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/1991

Learn more: https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/4753653#page/495/mode/1up

Shown on Florida Native Plant: PINEBARREN GOLDENROD (Solidago fistulosa) 

My take:
Dont be Spooked by Spiders
http://web.archive.org/web/20150330133737/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/dont-be-spooked-by-spiders.html

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Starbellied Orbweaver Spider (Acanthepeira sp. possibly venusta)

“It is exceedingly difficult to separate some Acanthepeira specimens from the southeastern United States and it appears that three species interbreed” source: http://bugguide.net/node/view/1994

Because of the small size, I believe this is A. venusta.

Shown on Florida Native Plant: TURKEY TANGLE FOGFRUIT; CAPEWEED (Phyla nodiflora)

Diet: insects

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/1994

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20150330224710/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/new-spider-in-my-life.html

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Sheetweb Spider (Florinda coccinea)

This tiny red spider is a member of the Sheetweb Spiders family (Linyphiinae). Easily overlooked in the garden, the best time to see them is early morning when the dew forms on their grass-based webs and glistens in the sun. Food for birds. predator to other insects.

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/67291

Learn more: http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CritterFiles/casefile/spiders/sheet/sheet.htm#fcoccinea

Shown on Florida Native Plant:  TURKEY TANGLE FOGFRUIT; CAPEWEED (Phyla nodiflora)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Tropical Orb Weaver Spider (Eriophora ravilla) juvenile

Eriophora ravilla

This young spider was sitting in the center of the seedhead of Florida native Bidens alba. This should give you an idea of just how tiny a spider it was.  The bright green coloring which is an attribute of juveniles is what caught my eye.

Learn: http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/spiders/tropical_orb_weaver.htm

Learn more: http://bugguide.net/node/view/24094

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