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Arachnids (Spiders)

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

One of the Long-jawed Orb Weavers (Tetragnathidae).

Diet: small insects

Learn: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1587425

Species UPDATE 2018:  “L. argyrobapta is resurrected regaining the status of type species for the genus.” (source:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1055790317306292?via%3Dihub) [

Taxonomic split from L. venusta: https://www.inaturalist.org/taxon_changes/40418

see also: https://wsc.nmbe.ch/species/51479/Leucauge_argyrobapta

What does Charles Darwin have to do with this spider?  https://www2.gwu.edu/~magazine/archive/2011_research_fall/feature_pdf/gwr_fall12_feat2.pdf

Made the web in lower branches of Florida Native Plant: LIVE OAK (Quercus virginiana)

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Orchard Orbweaver Spider (Leucauge argyrobapta) bottom

Orchard Orbweaver Spider (Leucauge argyrobapta)

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

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: Bidens alba

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: Spinybacked Orbweaver (Gasteracantha cancriformis) with prey

This one was smaller than the diameter of a pencil eraser so I suspect male which are substantially smaller than the females.

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

Learn more: https://bugguide.net/node/view/2026

Was hanging from Florida native plant: SWAMP BAY (Persea palustris)
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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Rabid Wolf Spider (Rabidosa rabida) with egg sac

Rabid Wolf Spider (Rabidosa rabida)

Female. Egg sac starts off white and gradually changes to brown before spiderlings emerge. This was a slate grey color so I guess about half way through the process.

Wolf Spiders drag their egg sacs behind them from the spinnerets (which are close to that spiders butt). They then carry the hatched spiderlings on their back.

Learn: https://animaldiversity.org/site/accounts/information/Rabidosa_rabida.html

Rabid Wolf Spider (Rabidosa rabida)

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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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