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    Question Spider Identification

    I've never seen one like this before. I found it last week while moving some wood around that I'm using to build my garden. The wood had been there since last fall. I expected lots of spiders (and wasn't disappointed), but this one was new to me.


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    I've seen those before but I am not a bug guy. This may be helpful:


    http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/49750433FiIawd

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    It looks like a White St. Andrew's Cross. I've never seen one quite like it, though.

    I would start with genus Argiope
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    Did you buy the wood at a store Brian? I found a Black Widow in some wood that was shipped up from the states for a project we were doing on post in Fairbanks.

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    That is a Philodromid Crab Spider, Tibellus oblongus. Males and females are simmilar in apperance. Your specimen is likely a female filled with eggs, judging by the size of the abdomen. They are not posinous and are native to alaska.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dewey82 View Post
    That is a Philodromid Crab Spider, Tibellus oblongus. Males and females are simmilar in apperance. Your specimen is likely a female filled with eggs, judging by the size of the abdomen. They are not posinous and are native to alaska.
    Wow dewey, right or wrong, I would've been snowed by that! Right on

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    Thanks for the info, Dewey. That looks like it. I saw some more out there today that looked almost identical in marking, but they were black. Hmmm... For a biology teacher, I sure don't know my arachnids very well.

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    Default Speaking of spiders

    I was at my brother-in-law's fish camp the other day and found this spider.. Can anyone tell me what kind it is and where it is native to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by onef44 View Post
    I was at my brother-in-law's fish camp the other day and found this spider.. Can anyone tell me what kind it is and where it is native to?

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    I wonder if it's an Orb Weaver.
    http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&s...b+weav&gs_rfai=

    http://bugguide.net/node/view/1972

    The only thing that confuses me is that it is a late summer/early fall spider. They are mostly in gardens and usually come out after rainfall.

    It looks nothing like the Orb Weaver at my house, though, other than it's bigger abdomen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onef44 View Post
    I was at my brother-in-law's fish camp the other day and found this spider.. Can anyone tell me what kind it is and where it is native to?

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    Had no luck finding this spider on the internet,. There's a lot of them out there!!

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