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Arachnids (Spiders)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Crab Spider (Mecaphesa sp.)

Tiny. a.k.a. Flower spider. Often will take on the color of the flower they are using to lie in wait for prey.

Learn: http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CritterFiles/casefile/spiders/crab/crab.htm

several in the crab spider family are very similar. You can distinguish them by the eye configurations.
Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/38099

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

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

I nearly walked through a very large web where this spider was dangling. It was built between a Chickasaw Plum and a natural area of grapes/saw palmetto which are about 8-10 feet or more apart.

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

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

Had quite a cache of prey:

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda venatoria)

Rather LARGE spider as spiders go.  Not the best photo, but it was dark when found hanging out on the patio.

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/772595/bgimage

“It is not a dangerous spider, but a locally painful bite, sometimes with noticeable swelling, can be delivered to any human who carelessly handles a pantropical huntsman spider or accidentally traps it, for example, in a shoe.”  source: source: http://www.entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/urban/spiders/giant_crab_spider.htm

Could my patio be on YELP as a good place for a latenight snack?  Just to the left of the spider was a Southern Toad for waiting for prey.

 

From July 2015 on the side of my trashcan:

 

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Cribellate Orb Weaver Spider (Uloborus sp.)

Cribellate Orb Weaver Spider (Uloborus sp.)

New to my buggy life list.  Very tiny. This one has brushes of hairs on front tibiae which would indicate it is female.

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/1956

Species in the Uloboridae family do “not possess venom glands, relying instead on cribellate, a fuzzy non sticky silk that they use to trap and then wrap their prey.” source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uloborus_glomosus

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Shown on Florida Native Plant: DOCTORBUSH (Plumbago zeylanica)

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How tiny is this Cribellate Spider? Those are seeds of Florida Native Plumbago zeylanica aka Doctorbush

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Dwarf Spider (Ceraticelus sp.)

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tiny, tiny, tiny!  This spider could use a straight pin as as umbrella.  Barely a red speck on a leaf.

Family Linyphiidae (Sheetweb and Dwarf Spiders). Subfamily Erigoninae (Dwarf Spiders).

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/89025

Shown on Florida Native Plant: GROUNDSEL TREE; SEA MYRTLE (Baccharis halimifolia) a.k.a Saltbush

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20150210212002/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/itzy-and-bitzynew-spiders-for-me.html

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Crab Spider (Mecaphesa sp.)

Tiny. a.k.a. Flower spider. Often will take on the color of the flower they are using to lie in wait for prey.

Learn: http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CritterFiles/casefile/spiders/crab/crab.htm

several in the crab spider family are very similar. You can distinguish them by the eye configurations.
Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/38099

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Orchard Orbweaver Spider (Leucauge venusta)

One of the Long-jawed Orb Weavers (Tetragnathidae). I was surprised to see this one walking on the flowers as they usually are hanging from their large intricate webs. They use several flower stalks to support their webs.

Diet: small insects

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/2010

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

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