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Pseudoscorpion

Tiny Hitchers

Pseudoscorpions get around in an unusual way.

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Tiny, Tenacious, Terrible Ticks

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They look repulsive, and their behavior is downright nasty.

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Image of a tree trunk jumping spider (front view).

Tree Trunk Spider

Platycriptus undatus
This jumping spider usually lives on tree bark and is camouflaged with grays, tans and browns to blend in with that background. There is usually an undulating pattern on the abdomen.

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Image of a tree trunk jumping spider (front view).

Tree Trunk Spider

Photo of a tree trunk jumping spider (front view).

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Image of tree trunk jumping spider (showing abdomen).

Tree Trunk Spider

Photo of a tree trunk jumping spider, showing abdomen.

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Photo of a triangulate orb weaver

Triangulate Orb Weaver

The triangulate is Missouri's only orb weaver that rests centered in its web head-up instead of head-down. A triangle of color on the abdomen resembles a white, pink, or yellow flattened drop of shiny glue pointing away from the spider's head.

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Photo of a triangulate orb weaver

Triangulate Orb Weaver

Verrucosa arenata
Late summer and fall Missouri's woodland hikers can count on walking into the triangulate orb weaver's web. Its woodland web is small and delicate, and its diet consists of tiny flying insects.

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Image of a triangulate orb weaver

Triangulate Orb Weaver

This orb-weaving spider usually rests centered in its web head-up instead of head-down. Here, it is shown sideways.

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Up, Up and Away

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Spiders soar with the wind to spread their range.

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white backed garden spider

White-Backed Garden Spider

Argiope trifasciata
This species is similar to its close relative, the black-and-yellow garden spider. However, the white-backed garden spider is slightly smaller overall, with a pointier hind end. Also, the abdomen is patterned with many thin silver and yellow transverse lines and thicker black, spotty lines.

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