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Arachnids (Spiders)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Jumping spider (Hentzia sp.) female

Female miniscule.

Learn: http://salticidae.org/salticid/diagnost/hentzia/hentzia.htm

drawings: http://www.jumping-spiders.com/php/tax_drawings.php?id=2005

distribution of genus: http://salticidae.org/salticid/catalog/hentzia.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

Male:  https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/jumping-spider-hentzia-palmarum-with-prey/

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/itzy-and-bitzynew-spiders-for-me/

Jumping spider (Hentzia sp.) female

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

One of the Spotted Orbweavers.

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: Bidens alba

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

This Larra Wasp was the chosen prey for the above Arabesque Orbweaver Spider (Neoscona arabesca) and was hanging from a single string of silk across the Bidens.

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Jumping spider (Hentzia palmarum) with prey

Male. miniscule.  I can’t quite make out what he has in his clutches.

Learn: http://salticidae.org/salticid/diagnost/hentzia/palmarum.htm

drawings: http://www.jumping-spiders.com/php/tax_drawings.php?id=2005

distribution of genus: http://salticidae.org/salticid/catalog/hentzia.htm

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

Female: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/jumping-spider-hentzia-palmarum/

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/itzy-and-bitzynew-spiders-for-me/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Regal Jumper Spider (Phidippus regius)

Regal Jumper Spider (Phidippus regius) female

I think they are the cutest spider in the world. This is a female.

Males are black and white with blue eyes. Very beneficial, I have even seen them capture and eat invasive cuban treefrogs.
https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/regal-jumping-spider-phidippus-regius/

predatory

Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/regal_jumping_spider.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: GOLDENROD (Solidago sp. likely fistulosa)

another photo: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/regaljumpingspiderfemalegoldenrodmay2019full.jpg

Photos from 2013: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/regal-jumper-spider-phidippus-regius/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Nursery Web Spiderling (Family Pisauridae)

I tried to identify this guy (gal?) but wasn’t coming up with a match.  So I checked the unidentified juveniles section of bugguide.  Found one who could probably be this one’s long lost twin.

Learn: https://bugguide.net/node/view/27515/bgpage

Order Araneae – Spiders
Infraorder Araneomorphae – True Spiders
No Taxon Entelegynae
Family Pisauridae – Nursery Web Spiders

Shown on Florida Native Plant: OAKLEAF FLEABANE (Erigeron quercifolius)

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2019/04/11/population-explosion-spider-style/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia viridans)

These spiders do not construct a web capturing prey by grabbing it when it gets close. It will capture pest insects but also will be found with pollinators in its clutches which may upset some, but Ive seen it with stink bugs and leaffooted bugs and similar so it is quite beneficial in my book.

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-48_green_lynx_spider.htm

Learn more: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/green_lynx_spider.htm

and more: http://bugguide.net/node/view/2032

Shown on Florida Native Plant: TICKSEED (Coreopsis sp.)

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/and-in-this-corneractive-arachnids/

My take 2: Lynx Spiders: Its a boy and a girl and a boy etc.
http://osceolaflgardenblahblahblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/lynx-spiders-its-boy-and-girl-and-boy.html

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Crab Spider (Thomisidae family)

This tiny speck of a spider is perplexing to get a positive identification.

I first figured it was just one of the Mecaphesa spp. but the coloring seemed different.

So, I submitted to Bugguide hoping it *may* be Synema viridans but without having the spiders “in hand”, even experts can’t decide.  Other possibilities include Diaea sp.,

https://bugguide.net/node/view/1639205

Learn to identify some crab spiders: http://bugguide.net/node/view/38099

Shown on Florida Native Plant: : TICKSEED (Coreopsis sp.)

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