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Subject:  what’s that bug and my little lady bird family
Geographic location of the bug:  EUBOEA ISLAND GREECE
Date: 06/09/2018
Time: 01:27 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I would like to know what’s this bug, that has made this baby nest and takes care of this intensively.
Also I  post fotos from my lady bird spider, I recently invented in my property.
How you want your letter signed:  ELENA GKIOYZE

Male Ladybird Spider

Dear Elena,
Your nest-building insect is some species of bee, but there is not enough detail in your image for us to identify the species.  We are thrilled to post your images of the sexually dimorphic male Ladybird Spider and female Ladybird Spiders you found.

Female Ladybird Spider

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Subject: Is this a ladybird spider?
Location: Mytilene, Greece
June 9, 2016 2:45 pm
Hello I am in Mytilene, Greece, where I found this beautiful spider and tried to take a picture but was too fast for a good shot. I would like to learn if it is poisonous
Goog job
Signature: Eri

Ladybird Spider

Ladybird Spider

Dear Eri,
This is indeed a male Ladybird Spider and they are not considered dangerous to humans.

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Subject: Ladybird Spider
Location: Chania, Crete
April 21, 2016 11:40 am
Hi,
Today at the University I saw this spider. Curious about how it looks I ended up in your page and learned it’s somehow rare to find. So, if its in any way good, I’m sending you an image and a short clip of this beautiful specimen.
Loved your website, straight to bookmarks.
Signature: José

Ladybird Spider

Ladybird Spider

Dear José,
Thank you for submitting your awesome image of a male Ladybird Spider,
Eresus sandaliatus.

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Subject: Lady bird spider
Location: Veysonnaz Switzerland
August 19, 2015 1:57 am
Hi,
We are in Veysonnaz and see the ladybird spider quite regularly. My children often have seen them in the past years that we have been here on holiday.
I will attach a picture
Signature: Candy Kitsz

Ladybird Spider

Ladybird Spider

Dear Candy,
Thanks so much for sending in your image of a gorgeous male Ladybird Spider.  It is our understanding that populations of Ladybird Spiders are on the decline because of habitat loss.  We believe your individual is
Eresus cinnaberinus based on images and information on the Spiders of North West Europe site.  We are running a bit late this morning and this is the only posting we can make prior to heading to work.  We apologize to our readership and we promise to post additional images later in the day.

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for your email.
According to my children, there are quite a lot of the ladybird spiders at a certain area in Veysonnaz town. However, we have never seen them higher up on the mountain. They are very pretty and I had no idea that they were so rare.
I will post more pictures should I see them
Warmest wishes
Candy Kitsz

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Subject: Ldybird Spider
Location: Vamos, Crete
May 23, 2015 8:05 am
This was taken in my garden on the island of Crete. Can you tell me if it is poisonous? Fascinating to find many different spiders here. Last one we found was a wolf spider.
Signature: LindaJ

Male Ladybird Spider

Male Ladybird Spider

Dear LindaJ,
Your endangered male Ladybird Spider in the genus
Eresus, most likely Eresus sandaliatus based on information included on the Spiders of NorthWest Europe site which has images from Crete indicating that the species can be identified by the black and white hind legs.  Most spiders have venom, but very few species of spiders are considered dangerous to humans.  To the best of our knowledge, the Ladybird Spiders are considered harmless, and the fact that they are endangered through much of their range indicates that no methods should be used to threaten them if they are found in your garden.

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Subject: Poisonous spider in Greece?
Location: Kos Island, Greece
August 30, 2014 4:50 pm
Hello,
during my visit in Asklepion on Greek island Kos, we found on the stairs this big black spider, about 7 cm long. It was quite aggressive, when I took it away from the visitors, on a long stick to the nearest forrest, it was biting the stick!
Could you please help me identify what kind of spider it was?
Signature: Olaf

Female Ladybird Spider

Female Ladybird Spider

Dear Olaf,
In our opinion, this looks like a female Ladybird Spider in the family Erisidae, a family with many endangered and rare species.  Ladybird Spiders get their common name because of the coloration and markings of many male spiders in the family, which are red with black spots.  Ladybird Spiders exhibit pronounced sexual dimorphism, and the larger, often black females appear to be distinctly different species from the male Ladybird Spiders.  See FlickR for a similar looking image  and SpiderzRule for additional information on Ladybird Spiders.

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