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Spiders (Class Arachnida, Order Araneae)

The arachnids, are a class of joint-legged invertebrate animals in the subphylum Chelicerata. Arachnids are named after the mythological figure Arachne. They are chiefly terrestrial arthropods, comprising some 65,000 to 73,000 named species including spiders, scorpions, harvestmen, ticks and mites. Arachnids may be easily distinguished from insects by the ... more

 

Orb Weavers (Family Araneidae)

Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi)

This spider is known as Wasp Spider because of its markings. The females are distinctively marked with a yellow and white striped abdomen and a silvery cephalothorax, while the males are a dull brown. They live in long...  more

       

European Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus)

Individual spiders' coloring can range from extremely light yellow to very dark gray, but all European Garden Spiders have mottled markings across the back with five or more large white dots forming a cross. The white...  more

   

Common Cucumber Spider (Araniella cucurbitina)

A very conspicuous spider with a dark thorax and almost luminous, yellow-green abdomen. It is very common in gardens but sometimes overlooked as its striking colors are good camouflage amongst green leaves. Just...  more

       

Furrow Orb-weaver (Larinioides cornutus)

These spiders are most often found in moist areas, especially near water. The web is built between grass or in low shrubbery. They hide during the day in a silken retreat that opens at the bottom, masked with plant and...  more

       
       

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Jumping Spiders (Family Salticidae)

Fence Post Jumper (Marpissa muscosa)

Jumping spiders are named after their hunting way: they jump on their prey, often from quite a distance. Before jumping they attach a wire to the surface they are sitting on. In this way they can always return to...  more

   

A Jumping Spider (Heliophanus flavipes)

       
       

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Wolf Spiders (Family Lycosidae)

Wolf Spider (Pardosa amentata)

All Wolf Spiders are agile, fast-moving ground predators. This species is brownish in color, and males are typically darker than females, with more distinct markings. Like all spiders they have four pairs of legs. In...  more

 
       

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Nursery Web Spiders (Family Pisauridae)

Nursery Web Spider (Pisaura mirabilis)

Males of this species offer food gifts to potential female mates. Some Pisaura mirabilis have also been observed to feign death, remaining still while holding the food gift in their mouths. When the female approaches and...  more

     
       

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