Monday, October 29, 2012
This Nursery Web Spider, I think Dolomedes tenebrosus, has a leg span of about 3 inches, and moves faster than most of the nature center staff are comfortable with.
This is a female, and with little left to eat outside, and cold weather coming, will be lucky to find a warm place to stay with food to eat.
I photographed her on a wild sunflower seed head.
Look at the close up of the eyes in the pictures below.
Nursery Web Spiders have very good eyesight, and chase their prey down. Many can also run across water.
But they do have a serious problem with eyelashes, as can be seen in the picture below. But maybe I just found her on a bad hair day.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Her band was very worn and thin as can be seen in this picture and the picture below. A new band is next to her band below.
We have captured her 25 times in the last 14 years. Let's hope we catch her for a few more years and set a record for the oldest Hairy Woodpecker ever recorded.