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my red legged purse web
I found this guy in my driveway the other day and was absolutely blown away by it. I understand these things are most common in my state ( AL ). Here’s a picture I took of him. then set him free. Regards,
Jimbo

Hi Jimbo,
Thank you so much for sending us your photo of a Red Legged Purseweb Spider. Males, like the one depicted in your photo. wander in search of a mate so this must be mating season in Alabama.

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Red legged purseweb spider
Just wanted to let you know my family and I found one in Delmar, Wicomico County, MD. 06/07/07.
Scott M. Hamilton

Hi Scott,
Thanks so much for the information. Even though the image is blurry, the distinctive Red Legged Purseweb Spider is easily recognizeable.

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Bicolor Purseweb
I was looking on line and saw the bicolor purseweb spider. I photographed one of these on my balcony in the Nashville, TN area last year and attached is the photograph. I was surprised that it was extremely aggressive and rared up and struck out when I tried to move it off the balcony because my inquisitive dog was on his way outside at the time. Less than a week later, another was spotted less than a mile from my home in the parking lot at work. Attached is the photo. Enjoy!
Evan L. Underwood

Hi Evan,
Thank you for sending us your photo of a Red Legged Purseweb Spider. We are in awe of this species. You must have encountered them during mating season when the males wander in search of the females.

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red-legged purse web spider in Ind.
Hi,
I don’t have a question but just wanted to comment that we just found a red-legged purse web spider in Mitchell Ind. I had never seen one before either and was facinated with it. I wonder if it is still on the endangered list. I probably took 20 photos but none nearly as nice as that person from Alabama that you have posted. That’s all, Thanks for your great web site! It’s such a great thing!.
sincerely,
Patty Fasbender
Reed City, MI

Hi Patty,
Photographic beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We think your photo is lovely, and even though blurry, clearly identifies this distinctive spider. To the best of our knowledge, it is still considered endangered, though there might be local areas with healthy populations.

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Red legged Purse Web spider in Weston Bend State Park, Weston, Missouri
Hello,
I photographed what I now believe to be, from your website, a red legged Purse Web Spider in Weston Bend State Park in Weston, Missouri. This is approximately 30 Miles North West of Kansas City. All of the notes seemed to show this being sited mainly on the east coast and in the south. I thought I’d submit the photo and the siteing for whatever it
may be worth.
Derrik Dickey

Hi Derrik,
We checked the email several times while on holiday, and were ecstatic to get your image of a male Red Legged Purseweb Spider, supposedly an endangered species. Before we could even unpack after returning, we needed to post your wonderful siting. Thanks for the contribution.

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Unidentified spiderlings at Clark Creek, Mississippi
Dear Bugman
A couple of years ago I visited the Clark Creek Natural Area in southwestern Mississippi. I took this picture of some spiderlings ballooning from a twig. I wonder if you can tell the species name or narrow it down to a few possible species? My initial guess is Atypus bicolor (Sphodros rufipes)? but I am not familiar with US spiders. Thank you in advance.
Sincerely J. Lissner

Hi J.,
Honestly, we can’t be certain, but we love the possibility that these are Red Legged Purse Web Spiderlings, and that is good enough for us. They resemble that endangered species.

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