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Woodlouse Spider

Dysdera crocata

Description:

Red cephalothorax, orange legs, pale tan abdomen. Huge chelicerae

Habitat:

under log in yard

Notes:

Eat only woodlice (rolypolies)

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4 Comments

sarah in the woods
sarah in the woods 5 years ago

Thanks Maria dB, medusasnakes123, and all who favorited. Jeff, interesting info; thanks for sharing. I've never seen one of these before. I think it's fascinating that they only eat woodlice.

Jeff Dreier
Jeff Dreier 5 years ago

This spider is widely distributed. I encountered many in central California annual grasslands when conducting pitfall trapping surveys for amphibians. I would open traps in late afternoon, and return the next morning to find these spiders in many of the traps.

medusasnakes123
medusasnakes123 5 years ago

wow! at first glance it kinda looks like a crab! nice spotting!

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Nice spotting!

Maryville, Tennessee, USA

Lat: 35.76, Long: -83.97

Spotted on Feb 11, 2014
Submitted on Feb 11, 2014

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