A Study Of Spiders – 2014

Here’s my third installment of A Study of Spiders. See below for the first two installments;

http://adventuresofawildlife.com/2012/10/10/a-study-of-spiders-introduction-july-2012/

http://adventuresofawildlife.com/2012/11/15/a-study-of-spiders-october-2012/

Hope you like!

Tetrix denticulata 1Tetrix denticulata 2A common species in our gardens and such, this is Tetrix denticulata. The body pattern and the long spinarets at the end of the abdomen help identify it. It’s commonly found  on the underside of stones and bricks etc. It is similar in appearence to what are commonly known as Wolf spiders one of which is below;

Pardosa species carrying young 1There are about 39 Pardosa species in Europe and examination of the genatalia is needed to identify them to species level. A very common species and probably the individual in the photo is Pardosa amentata. The female in the species carries its’ young on its’ back for a week or so after hatching.

Pardosa species carrying young 2

Male Philodromus dispar

This handsome beast is a male Philodromus dispar. The swollen palps tell us it’s a male but also because it is different in appearence to the female, her being a sort of beige colour and without the swollen palps.

Probable Araniella cucurbitinaNow this species is most likely to be the Cucumber Spider (Araniella cucurbitina). There are however a few very similar species in appearance but this is the most common, followed by A. opisthographa. Examination of the genitalia is needed to confirm identify to species.

Hopefully will be able to do more on spiders in the future. Thanks for reading!

All photos – Ashley Watson.

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