A Cellar spider/ Daddy-long legs with her egg sac
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A Cellar spider/ Daddy-long legs with her egg sac

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Another adorable backyard dweller. Good-sized female of unknown species (but a very cooperative photography subject).
AS: what a great picture! very curious little Tan jumping spider 
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Another adorable backyard dweller. Good-sized female of unknown species (but a very cooperative photography subject).

AS: what a great picture! very curious little Tan jumping spider 

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About three weeks ago I was visiting my parents and my dad told my about this large spider by the trash bins. He thought of squashing her, but then thought better of it since she’s killing mosquitoes. Seeing as I’d painting spiders for my senior watercolors portfolio I raced down to take some pics of her with my phone for painting inspiration. I just visited again today and am pleased to say she is doing well. I named her Stella since I figure my dad’s going to be making sure nobody messes with her web. I thought I’d share since I thought she was beautiful. :) Also, I very much enjoy your blog. Keep posting all the spiders!
AS: i’m glad she’s safe! thats an Argiope by the way, great spiders to have around!
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About three weeks ago I was visiting my parents and my dad told my about this large spider by the trash bins. He thought of squashing her, but then thought better of it since she’s killing mosquitoes. Seeing as I’d painting spiders for my senior watercolors portfolio I raced down to take some pics of her with my phone for painting inspiration. I just visited again today and am pleased to say she is doing well. I named her Stella since I figure my dad’s going to be making sure nobody messes with her web. I thought I’d share since I thought she was beautiful. :) Also, I very much enjoy your blog. Keep posting all the spiders!

AS: i’m glad she’s safe! thats an Argiope by the way, great spiders to have around!

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a mother wolf spider with SO. MANY. BABIES.
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a mother wolf spider with SO. MANY. BABIES.

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i hate that when i tell people i love spiders they start telling me about the times when they’ve killed a spider or spiders and it’s like why are you telling me this you’re basically admitting to drowning a bag of kittens to me, that is the equivalent. 

stop bragging about killing innocent animals no matter how small or “scary”

Sir-Crocodile: I’m surprised I got as good a picture as I did with this pretty thing. I haven’t seen one with an equal thorax and abdomen. I can’t identify it, but it was found in my sink. Mom said it was “fiesty!” Maybe it’s a male cause of the lack of bigness? Any ideas?
AS: that is a Brown Spitting Spider Scytodes fusca ! 
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Sir-Crocodile: I’m surprised I got as good a picture as I did with this pretty thing. I haven’t seen one with an equal thorax and abdomen. I can’t identify it, but it was found in my sink. Mom said it was “fiesty!” Maybe it’s a male cause of the lack of bigness? Any ideas?

AS: that is a Brown Spitting Spider Scytodes fusca ! 

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Anonymous asked: On the note of the anon's question about jumping spiders, why do they often look like they're smiling?

probably because they are curious about things and are among the more visual of the spiders (most spiders actually have very poor eyesight) and their eye arrangement is just adorable :)

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Anonymous asked: Why do some jumping spiders look like they have mittens or boxing mitts on their front legs?

well for one that is the cutest description of mating claspers i’ve ever heard! which is what i presume you’re referring to! they are called pedipalps and male spiders have mating claspers at the end which are used for passing packets of sperm to the female during mating

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Knobbly Crab Spider  Stephanopis altifrons
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Knobbly Crab Spider  Stephanopis altifrons

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a Kite spider Gasteracantha sp.
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a Kite spider Gasteracantha sp.

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