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Purseweb party in Philadelphia

Purseweb spidersĀ (Mygalomorphae: Atypidae) live their lives inside silken socks that are partially buried in the soil and partially extending along the surface of the ground or up a tree trunk. Here is a photo of three such socks, attached to … Continue reading

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Gall watchin’ in the barrens

I took my family on a nature walk last weekend in the Scotia Barrens. Usually we go to watch dragonflies skim Ten Acre Pond, but it’s way too early in the season for that. This time we were scouting for … Continue reading

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2019 sort session #11

My sorting yesterday focused on salvaging spiders from somewhat poorly preserved lots. One might wonder whether it was worth the effort, to work with partially degraded specimens instead of our recently collected material that’s still languishing in Whirl-Paks. Well, the … Continue reading

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2019 sort sessions #9 and #10

Sort session #9 took place during spring break and was shortened a bit by the presence of my 6- and 8-year old. I wanted them to enjoy the experience and to be effective team members, so we created a very … Continue reading

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2019 sort sessions #6 and #7

Well, last week and this week were a bit of a bust for sort day. Poor weather, school cancellations, etc. Arrrrrggh. I did manage to sneak in a bit of spider sorting, all from Pennsylvania localities and some of which … Continue reading

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