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Arachnids (Spiders)

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

One of the Spotted Orbweavers. Don’t let the macro shot scare you…Tiny….about the size of a pencil eraser.

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

Diet: insects

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

Shown on Florida Native Plant: SHYLEAF (Aeschynomene americana)

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 stellata)

female. Blending in with the seeds.

It is exceedingly difficult to separate some Acanthepeira specimens from the southeastern United States and it appears that three species interbreed.

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

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

My take:
New Spider in my Life
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: Spinybacked Orbweaver (Gasteracantha cancriformis)

This one was the diameter of a pencil eraser so I suspect male which are substantially smaller than the females. Large web….luckily I was strong enough to escape 😉

Learn: http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/G_cancriformis.htm

Was hanging from Florida native plant: SOUTHERN BAYBERRY; WAX MYRTLE (Myrica cerifera)
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