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August 7th, 2014

10:20 am - Looking for some research help

I'm trying to do a short presentation on spider bites for work. Information on the brown recluse and black widow is pretty easy to find, but I wanted to have some slides on wolf spiders as well, since they're abundant locally and have a reputation for being more easily provoked into biting than the other two spiders. I'm having difficulty, though, finding information on the venom found in the Lycosidae family, other than the symptoms and the fact that it's not a danger to humans. I'm especially interested in knowing whether it's a neurotoxin, hemotoxin or some other kind of venom, and details on the mechanism in which it damages tissue. I'm guessing there is probably a dearth of research on this subject since the bites rarely require medical intervention, aside from cases of infection. Links to science journal articles would be ideal, but I'll take anything!

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January 17th, 2013

01:13 pm - New species found?

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August 9th, 2012

02:27 pm

Is this a Dolomedes? Anyone able to narrow it down for me? Found in Florida, 4" leg span.

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July 10th, 2012

11:09 pm - Hello, and CA Spider ID Help Please
Hello, I've been absent from LJ for quite some time now, but I came across this spider on my house that I have never seen before and can't find it online... I was hoping someone could give me an idea of what it is! I live in Lincoln, CA (just outside of Sacramento, slightly to the northwest) where it's all grassland and swampy rice fields. The spider was sitting on the side of my house in the shade by a popular tiny flying insect area (our hose faucet leaks, haha). I didn't notice a web, and I look at that particular corner of the house every day and I've never seen the spider there before.

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Thank you in advance. Sorry I have no web description to help you out!

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April 24th, 2012

07:35 pm

Daring Jumping Spider (Phidippus audax) attempting a competitive eating record with an Eastern Tent Caterpillar (Malacosoma americanum).

Anyone feel free to correct me if I got that ID wrong :-)

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October 8th, 2011

09:49 pm - D'awww
Saw this on I Can Haz Cheezburger and thought some of you might appreciate it. :)

Funny Pictures - The Song of My People Spider Gifs

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June 29th, 2011

05:27 pm - Cute macro
I Can Haz Cheezburger posted an adorable jumping spider macro. Not sure if it's 'shopped, but either way, it's really cute.

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May 20th, 2011

01:27 pm - in the garden (with prey)

My first guess was a juvenile argiope, but now I'm thinking more along the lines of a Leucauge orchard spider. She had a horizontal web. I really have no idea what it is, other than pretty. Any suggestions?

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March 6th, 2011

05:53 pm - I know it's a long shot, but...
While checking out a site about storm drains I came across this picture, featuring one of some white spiders they'd come across in a storm drain. They refer to them as the "White Spiders of Doom", and have no idea what they are. (As they put it, "The Dread Spider itself. This is the only photo we have of one, and the only photo we've managed to find of one anywhere, ever. Yay?")

This would be somewhere in southern Ontario, Canada. I thought I was fairly well-educated on this area's spiders but I can't recall any that have long, prominently knobbed legs like that. Any ideas what this creature might be?

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February 16th, 2011

09:41 am - Mosquito-eating spider likes smelly socks
Wow, this is awesome!!


Cross-posted to arachnophillic .
Current Mood: impressedimpressed
Current Music: LCD Soundsystem - Thrills

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