Content tagged with "arachnid"

Tiny, Tenacious, Terrible Ticks

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They look repulsive, and their behavior is downright nasty. More

Tree Trunk Spider

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

Tree Trunk Spider

Image of tree trunk jumping spider (showing abdomen).
Photo of a tree trunk jumping spider, showing abdomen. More

Tree Trunk Spider

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

Triangulate Orb Weaver

Photo of a 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. More

Triangulate Orb Weaver

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

Triangulate Orb Weaver

Photo of a 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. More

Up, Up and Away

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Spiders soar with the wind to spread their range. More

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. More

White-Spotted Jumping Spider (Bold Jumping Spider)

image of a bold jumping spider
To identify this jumping spider, note the fuzzy, usually black body with white, orange or reddish spots on the abdomen. More