Whole Lotta Lynx

Lynx is plural for lynx (I had to double check). I'll be writing about 3 lynx. One lynx is not a local. Lynx spiders are active hunters which can be found among grasses and woody shrubs in the day as well as night. The family name is Oxyopidae (pronounced ox-ee-OPP-idee) but lynx is so much easier and... Continue Reading →

Pittsburgh Pirates!

I was in the restroom at South Park - an indoor building with an outdoor feel. There were harvestmen (daddy-long legs) loafing among the stalls and random bugs flying around. I noticed a weird spider on the wall, not a big spider, approximately 5 millimeters from head to end of the abdomen. It kind of... Continue Reading →

Share the awesomeness

My hope is to inspire interest in spiders through storytelling. Spiders are so amazing and diverse! I have A LOT of fascinating information that needs to be shared out! Take this lady, for instance - one of the "cellar spiders" in the Pholcidae family. Specifically, Crossopriza lyoni. One of my students found her in his mom's office in... Continue Reading →

Green spiders in summer

You have probably seen them - nearly horizontal orb webs with one, two, maybe THREE green spiders in them. This is Leucauge venusta, AKA the Orchard Spider. If you see more than one spider in the web, one is the female and any others are most likely males waiting to mate with the lady. One summer,... Continue Reading →

The Loose Recluse

Just kidding. No recluse is loose at the Amy Spider Headquarters. Being into spiders brings up a lot of interesting conversations with other people. Some who simply want to know why spiders, of all things and others who think it's pretty cool. Many of the folks I've talked to have a brown recluse story which is either... Continue Reading →

Ain’t that an ant?

  DIVERSITY is one of my favorite things about spiders. With over 42,000 species worldwide, spiders have come up with many amazing adaptations. One of the most interesting is ant mimicry. Hundreds of species do this trick and experiments have shown that the reason is protection. Spiders will look like ants, walk like ants, wave their 2... Continue Reading →

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