The Egg Sac Gallery

Spiders lay eggs. Depending on species, they can lay thousands of eggs or just one single egg as is the case with the tiny spiders in the genus Monoblemma (found in tropical Africa and tropical Americas). The featured image above shows the egg sac of Argiope aurantia (AKA banana spider, garden spider, Steelers spider) on the left... Continue Reading →

“Banana” Spider

It's that time of year! The crispy edges of summer, back to school, football, AND adult Argiope aurantia season. You may know her as the banana spider, garden spider, black and yellow spider, Steelers spider, or some other nickname, but we're all talking about the same lady. Yes, the spider you notice is the female of the species. Males... 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 →

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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