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Subject:  Magnificent Spider
Geographic location of the bug:  Peterborough, New Hampshire
Date: 11/16/2017
Time: 08:54 PM EDT
This guy jumped off of a book shelf at me today while I was dusting.  It is easily the size of a silver dollar.  Safely released back into the wild. Can you identify it please?
How you want your letter signed:  Zelda

Nursery Web Spider

Dear Zelda,
Your magnificent spider is a Nursery Web Spider,
Pisaurina mira.  We are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award, though we suspect your home was cozier than the outdoors at this time of year.  We are not certain if Nursery Web Spiders overwinter, but we suspect they do.  Animal Diversity Web has a nice page on this species where it states:  “Mating occurs in mid-June to mid-July. When a female is ready to lay her eggs, she uses her cheliceres and maxillipeds (grasping mouthparts) to transfer eggs into a cocoon under her abdomen. She carries this sac underneath her body with her fangs (cheliceres) until hatching time approaches. The female then builds another cocoon where she feels it will be safe for the spiderlings. She lashes surrounding leaves together forming a kind of ‘nursery web’ for which the species is named. The female stays there, watching over her brood of pulli (first stage larvae), until they have completed their first larval molt.”

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Subject:  spider
Geographic location of the bug:  south africa
Date: 11/13/2017
Time: 03:51 AM EDT
He is stuck in our office, he has a web full of spider babies
How you want your letter signed —
Please help

Rain Spider

This looks to us like a Rain Spider, Palystes castaneus.  Here is a similar looking individual posted to iSpot.

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So will a rock” noted Facebook poster Kristy Day.

Subject:  What’s this spider?
Geographic location of the bug:  La Quinta, California
Date: 11/08/2017
Time: 02:20 AM EDT
Saw this tonight around 830pm in the parking lot of our post office. About 2-3 inches, not hairy like a tarantula, but we first thought that’s what it was. Very docile. We thought it was dead and nudged it slightly. It’s legs moved, but it didn’t crawl away, even after we walked away. There were two others in the parking lot several feet away. About 72 degrees, the beginning of fall in the desert.
How you want your letter signed:  L Young

Rubber Tarantula, we suspect

Dear L Young,
We suspect that either you are a prankster, or that you are the victim of a prankster.  There is something about this “Spider” that just does not look right to us.  The lack of articulation in the legs and the odd pattern on the cephalothorax, combined with the poor quality of the images (vaguely reminiscent of blurry Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster and UFO photographs) has caused us to speculate that this might be a rubber Tarantula, similar to the one pictured on Amazon or the one pictured on Alamy.  Halloween has just passed and perhaps someone at your post office was playing a joke.  This is not the first time we have had a request to identify a fake spider at this time of year.  We might be wrong, so we gladly welcome anyone able to identify this “Spider”.

Rubber Tarantula reported to move when nudged.

We took these photos at night at our local post office parking lot – it had yellow lighting, which is why the lighting was bad – and the photo was taken with my cellphone, which is why it wasn’t professional quality photography. I am sorry that you think I was pranking you – I can assure you that I was not. My husband took that photo with my phone because I was too afraid to get close to it. He nudged it with his foot and the legs moved, so I highly doubt that it was fake. I guess I will have to try somewhere else to get an identification. We live in the desert and this wouldn’t be the first time that someone had a hard time identifying a spider out here.
Sorry I wasted your time – and mine.  I’ll have to keep searching.
Laura Young

We did not mean to offend you Laura, but we honestly do not believe this is a real spider.  Should you happen to get a proper identification, possibly from your local Natural History Museum, we would gladly welcome that information.  Furthermore, we will attempt to get a second opinion and we will respond to you again with anything we learn, including any significant comments people make to the posting we have made to our site.

A Facebook Comment:
It does look pretty plastic-y… (plasticky?) Like plastic. 😜 ~Tif

Another Facebook Comment from Mercedes
Behold the passive agressive plastic spider!😄

Kristy Day from Facebook Commented:
So she’s to sacred to get close enough to actually look, but it moved when it was kicked. Gee, I know a rock will move when kicked too. There’s no pleasing some people.

Ed. Note:  Kristy’s comment really made us laugh.  We wish we could let her know directly, but our editorial staff does not deal with the Facebook interface of our site, though we will copy and paste from it and we enjoy being shared.

More from Facebook:
Jen Smith commented “Hahah a day ago last year you guys posted a fake cockroach someone asked about 😉 (time line showed, Id re posted)

Eric Eaton, author of Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America wrote back regarding our query.
Totally fake.
I just returned from the Entomological Society of America national meetings in Denver the other day.  One person knew me from WTB. 🙂
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America

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Subject:  Details on this scary spider!
Geographic location of the bug:  Sabino Canyon seasonal pool
Date: 11/04/2017
Time: 01:36 AM EDT
I found this spider FISHING for chub in Sabino Canyon, in a seasonal pool. Date – October 30, 2017 at about 3:00 in the afternoon. Outside air temp was warm, about 88 degrees. At first I thought the spider was trapped on the water, but no, it was clearly able to move on top of and stay above the water. It would dip it’s mandibles in and tap-tap-tap the water, I suspect to draw the fish, and it did bring them close. Either that or it’s size, about half the size of my adult male hand, so it cast a shadow. Any details would be appreciated!
How you want your letter signed:  Rob Bremmer

Long Legged Fishing Spider

Dear Rob,
We have a very old posting in our archives of the Long Legged Fishing Spider,
Trechalea gertschi from the family Trechaleidae that was also sighted in Sabino Canyon, and we believe that is also the species to which your individual belongs.  Since the time the images were submitted to our site, there have been additional postings to BugGuide.  We are curious about your definition of a “seasonal pool” because we don’t know of any fish other than some Killifish that lay eggs in the mud of ponds that dry out, the eggs hatching with the next rainy season.

​Hi Daniel,
By seasonal, I mean that it is part of flowing and running water when wet season allows, and isolated shrinking warm pools as heat of summer evaporates the water. I heard from the rangers that they re-stocked the chub fish because they had died out, and now, apparently, they are able to make it through a full rainy / dry season.​
Thanks for the clarification Rob.
Have you ever seen a photo of a spider fishing like that? It’s a first for me and I’m thrilled to have caught it! Wish I could have lingered all day to see how it played out but the sun was past noon and we still had to hike out.
Rob Bremmer
Yes we have.  We sent you a link to a Long Legged Fishing Spider from our archives.  That predates any postings for the species on BugGuide.  Your submission is our second documentation of this interesting Long Legged Fishing Spider that resembles a Flattie more than it does a traditional Fishing Spider in the genus Dolomedes.


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Subject:  Small pink beetle
Geographic location of the bug:  Nairobi kenya
Date: 11/03/2017
Time: 06:14 AM EDT
At first we thought this was a spider but only 6 legs are visible. It blends in well with our purple and pink flowers. Have you ever seen a pink beetle before? Thanks so much!
How you want your letter signed:  Denise

Crab Spider

Dear Denise,
This is not a beetle.  It is a Crab Spider in the family Thomisidae.  Crab Spiders do not build webs.  Crab Spiders are sometimes called Flower Spiders because they are frequently found on blossoms where they wait for prey.  Like the pink individual in your images, Crab Spiders are often brightly colored to blend in with the colors of the blossoms, effectively camouflaging them while they wait to ambush prey that visits the flowers.  We believe your individual is in the genus
Thomisus.  According to Biodiversity Explorer:  “Thomisus is able to undergo white to yellow or pink colour changes depending on the flower they are sitting on. This colour change facilitates camouflage on flower ambush sites and is completed within 2 days. While colour patterns are species specific, colours can vary. Not all species have this colour changing ability as some species occur on bark or among grass seeds and thus are a cryptic brown. The first and second pairs of legs are noticeably longer and thicker than the last 2 pairs and are used for prey capture. The abdomen is triangular in shape, being widest posteriorly. The lateral eyes are situated on tubercles.”  Your images are awesome.

Crab Spider

Thank you for your amazingly fast reply!
What an amazing spider!  We are so happy to know those interesting facts about the Crab Spider, especially that is has color changing capacities.  Incredible!
Thanks so much,

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Subject:  Found on a lotus flower
Geographic location of the bug:  Ratnapura, sri lanka
Date: 10/25/2017
Time: 06:04 AM EDT
Can you plz tell me what this is ?
How you want your letter signed:  Normal

Jumping Spider

Dear Normal,
This is a gorgeous Jumping Spider in the family Salticidae.  Based on images posted to Peckhamia, it appears to be
Chrysilla volupe.  The site states:  “With only four recognizable species, having in addition similar palps and epigyne, Chrysilla may be best recognized by bright, shinning coloration. In difference, forms with white spots on darker background are classified in the genus Phintella, independently from similarities in palps palps and epigyne. Often photographed by macrophotographers, the correlation of coloration with genital characters is not certain, hence identification of living specimens without revision of type specimens is tentative. Diagnostic drawings below are integral part of definitions.

Jumping Spider

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