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Spotting

Description:

Gray and white spider (obviously found a good spot to camouflage). Seems to be fuzzy, instead of smooth-bodied like most spiders in the area. No webs nearby, when insects walk by it tends to point itself in their direction as if watching them. May be a spider that ambushes prey rather than capturing it in a web.

Habitat:

Found on the side of an old shed. Area nearby can be described as open, sunny fields.

Notes:

Very restless and fidgety. Also seemed to be highly alert, would watch nearby insects, and was extremely startled by any tiny movement within a good distance.

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1 Comment

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

You've just described the behavior of a spider that doesn't use a net, but actively stalks or ambushes prey. These spiders often lay a "dragline" of silk to arrest any falls. They are alert and have relatively good eyesight.

This looks like a jumping spider. You might want to start at this page http://bugguide.net/node/view/1962/bgima... and work your way forward to see if you can narrow down the ID. Good luck! Let us know what you found out.

RavynVest
Spotted by
RavynVest

New York, USA

Spotted on Sep 2, 2011
Submitted on Sep 2, 2011

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