Content tagged with "arachnid"

White-Spotted Jumping Spider (Bold Jumping Spider)

image of a bold jumping spider
Phidippus audax
This jumping spider, like many other jumping spiders, is fuzzy, walks with jerky movements, jumps astonishingly long distances, and doesn't build webs. To identify this species, note the fuzzy, usually black body with white, orange, or reddish spots on the abdomen. More

Wolf Spider

Image of a wolf spider
Image of a wolf spider. More

Wolf Spider

Image of a wolf spider
Image of a wolf spider. More

Wolf Spider With Young

Photo of wolf spider with young
Female wolf spiders have strong maternal instincts and carry their young on their abdomen until they are ready to be on their own. This can take two weeks or more. More

Wolf Spiders

Photo of wolf spider with young
Numerous species and genera in our state.
These athletic spiders don't spin webs to catch their prey — they run it down like wolves! (Lone wolves, that is.) Wolf spiders have long legs and are usually gray, brown, black or tan with dark brown or black body markings (especially stripes). This family of spiders includes many of the most common spiders in Missouri as well as worldwide. More

Xysticus Crab Spider (Tan Individual)

Photo of a Xysticus crab spider, tan individual
Generally larger than flower crab spiders, Xysticus crab spiders are usually dull gray and brown and have brown, rusty, tan, white or yellow markings, and they often have a midstripe on top of the carapace (head). The first pair of legs are large and powerful, as in flower crab spiders, and are covered with many tiny spines. More

Xysticus Crab Spider on Rough Blazing Star

Photo of a Xysticus crab spider, individual, on rough blazing star flowerhead.
Crab spiders capture prey by sitting quietly on vegetation and waiting for an insect or other spider to pass by. Then, they simply grab and bite it. Moths and butterflies make up the bulk of their prey. Here, the spider is on a flowerhead of rough blazing star, Liatris aspera. You can tell by the flowerhead’s bracts, which are rounded, somewhat pouched or swollen, and have thin, whitish or transparent margins that are unevenly torn-looking. More

Xysticus Crab Spiders

Photo of a Xysticus crab spider, tan individual
Xysticus spp.
There are several species of crab spiders in the genus Xysticus in Missouri. Generally larger than flower crab spiders, they are usually dull gray and brown and have brown, white or yellow markings, especially on the abdomen. They tend to live under bark or on the ground in leaf litter. More