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Subject:  What kind of spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  Auckland, New Zealand
Date: 10/24/2021
Time: 03:57 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, appreciate if you could please identify this. Thank you, Mahesh
How you want your letter signed:  Sincerely

Slater Spider

Dear Mahesh,
This is a Sow Bug Hunter,
Dysdera crocata.  According to BugGuide, a North American insect identification site:  “Introduced to North America and widely distributed in the Nearctic. Originally from the Mediterranean area.”  According to The Spruce:  “this spider is very common throughout the U.S., primarily in the East from New England down to Georgia, then west to California. Outside the U.S., it is common in Australia, northern Europe, and England. Although it lives outside to hunt its prey, it may come indoors in the fall for shelter.”  We suspect it may have been introduced to New Zealand from Australia.  According to the Museum of New Zealand, it is called a Slater Spider and “While this spider is capable of capturing other prey, it has earned its common name because of accounts documenting its feeding on the common slater (also known as the common woodlouse), Porcellio scaber. It doesn’t build a web to capture its prey. Rather, it seizes its victim in its very large chelicerae.”  The site also indicates:  “With its large fangs, this species is capable of delivering a sharp bite. Symptoms include local swelling and pain. However, bites are rare, and only a handful of bites by this species have been recorded from New Zealand even though these spiders are very common.”

Subject:  Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Western New York
Date: 10/21/2021
Time: 08:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, saw this crawling on the ground October 21 in western  New York. I have never seen a spider of this color here in New York and I was hoping to get it identified! Thank you for the wonderful site as well!
How you want your letter signed:  Scott Szafranski


Dear Scott,
This is a harmless Orbweaver, probably in the genus
Araneus.  Orbweavers rarely leave their classic orb webs, so we suspect this lady was dislodged from her web or perhaps her web was destroyed.

Subject:  Large 6 legged spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  Mesquite, Texas
Date: 10/24/2021
Time: 01:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you identify this critter? Large – size of my palm including the legs.
How you want your letter signed:  Curious

Wolf Spider missing two legs

Dear Curious,
We believe your Wolf Spider is in the genus
Hogna, and it is missing two legs.  It is not unlike this individual posted to BugGuide

Thank you Daniel. Strange that it would lose the same leg on each side of its body. But I can see possible nubs where that might have happened. But the ridge formation on the rear section doesn’t look like the smooth Wolf Spider. Has a definite raised pattern.

Subject:  Happy Halloween!
Geographic location of the bug:  Coryell County, Texas
Date: 10/14/2021
Time: 01:48 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello again! I hope you are all well. Many insects in this photo, and I only know one, I think, a green lynx spider with prey. This photo is titled Macabre Magnolia in my photo collection. I reached up over my head to get a photo of what I thought was a beautiful blossom for my daughter-in-law, who loves magnolias. The joke was on me when I uploaded the photo. Susprise! Such drama, pathos, and humor. My favorite is the grasshopper munching away on the blossom as the rest of the drama unfolds. Photo taken May 30, 2020, and it makes me laugh every time I come across it.  Insect life is… interesting. Happy Halloween!
How you want your letter signed:  Ellen

Macabre Magnolia

Dear Ellen,
How nice to hear from you.  Daniel had been very negligent to the WTB? readership beginning about two years ago due to personal matters, but several months ago he committed to posting 90 new queries per month, though that stalled when he took a train across the country to Ohio earlier this month.  He plans to catch up this week and be on track once again for October.  He was still traveling when you wrote.  We love your image and we are featuring your Halloween Greeting on our scrolling banner.  The Green Lynx appears to be eating a Metallic Sweat Bee and there are several Honey Bees present on the blossom.  We agree the peeking Grasshopper is priceless.  Thanks for thinking of us and at least we got this posted before Halloween.

Thank you so much for the kind response! Wishing you all the best. Happy Halloween 🕸

Highest regards,

Subject:  Boris the spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Austin Texas
Date: 10/21/2021
Time: 10:18 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This guy, who we named Boris, is on our front porch. What kind of spider is Boris?
How you want your letter signed:  LeeAnn


Dear LeeAnn,
Boris is an Orbweaver in the family Araneidae, but we are not certain of the species.  You may want to consider giving Boris a more femine name as Boris is a female Orbweaver.  Orbweavers mature in the fall and the adults with their large webs are quite visible at that time.

Subject:  Orange spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  Orleans MA
Date: 10/23/2021
Time: 01:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  We found this on the door of a storage unit in our yard.I’ve looked through lots of images online and can’t seem to identify it.
How you want your letter signed:  The Scott’s

Nursery Web Spider

Dear The Scott’s,
Usually when we get identification requests for orange spiders at this time of year, they are Pumpkin Spiders, a species of Orbweaver, but your spider is a Nursery Web Spider,
Pisaurina mira.  Here is an image from BugGuide.  Nursery Web Spiders build webs to act as a nursery for their young, but unlike many spiders that also use a web to trap prey, the Nursery Web Spiders are hunting spiders that capture prey without a web.  The orange color of your individual is somewhat unusual, and it is possible this is a related species in the same genus.

Thanks for checking this out for us. It’s always good to learn about new things. We also found a “mutinus elegans” or stinkhorn mushroom. It must be the week for orange things!
The Scotts