Sort session #13 ended up a mishmash of curation activities. I sorted a sample simply labeled “Cape May, N.J. 1915–1920 O. H. Brown.” It was in excellent shape despite being 100 years old. I have no idea how these specimens were collected, but the sample was 90% spiders and centipedes and only 10% insects (beetles and flies mainly). Maybe this was the cumulative residue of some selective trapping effort? The spider diversity was quite high, including lots of domestic spiders (Parasteatoda tepidariorum and similar species you’d find in a house) and woodlouse spiders (Dysdera crocata).
I also upgraded some old Stuart Frost material from Ecuador and Panama and then sorted and moved some 1960s spider samples into new vials. One vial contained two Agelenidae females and about three egg sacs, collected in Tiadaghton State Forest in August 1963. One was filled with Gelis wasps (Ichneumonidae). I always thought of Gelis as a Lepidoptera parasitoid, but indeed some species do prey on spider eggs!