2019 sort session #14

We had a busy sort session today! Lots of people there, with multiple projects getting worked up. My focus, with some help from another, was primarily the longhorn beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from the PDA:

pinned longhorn beetles in foam-bottomed trays

Some of today’s preps – Cerambycidae from Pennsylvania. Photo (CC BY 2.0) by Andy Deans. Click for source

I also spent time mounting up specimens collected at my house, including Boreidae, Xyelidae, and, of course, spiders. My son found a couple of spiders “kissing” on our screen door. I collected them (of course!) and assumed that one was eating the other. I should’ve known better. It was a mating pair of Linyphiidae, maybe the genus Pityohyphantes:

2 spiders in alcohol

Female (left) and male Pityohyphantes spiders. Might be the species P. costatus. Photo (CC BY 2.0) by Andy Deans. Click for source

Julian Avery stopped by as well, to discuss our anuran diet project. We’re making progress! More on that later.

In short, it was a great sort session with a lot of deep discussion and amazing arthropods.

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