Tetragnatha is a genus of spiders containing hundreds of species. They are found all over the world, although most occur in the tropics and subtropics. They are commonly called stretch spiders, referring to their elongated body form. When disturbed they will stretch their front legs forward and the others in the other direction, thus being able to hide on blades of grass or similar elongated substrates. They are able to run over water.
Near water, especially along the shores of ponds, rivers, and streams
The 3rd photo shows a pair that is engaging in courtship. The spider to the upper-left has its abdomen curled over.
Lat: 36.15, Long: -95.99
Spotted on Jul 1, 2007
Submitted on Feb 10, 2012