As promised, we got out this morning to collect spiders. Our destination: West Side Park in Hancock, MN. We got a few. The prime hunting ground was a covered picnic area that had a metal frame with corrugated sheet metal walls that was great for the spiders, because they could hide in the spaces between the metal frame and the corrugated metal…unfortunately, it was bad for spider hunters, because they could hide a little too effectively.
Still, we managed to get a few more of our familiar friends, Parasteatoda:
That one came with an egg sac. We also found a few Steatoda borealis, including this robust male:
There were more of these little yellow guys, probably Theridion:
Grass spiders, of course:
Then there was this monster, which is not a spider. I think it’s an armored potato on stilts.
It was a good haul. Slightly disappointing, because it was OK, but not great. Sometimes you go to a site, and it’s like the Spider Apocalypse has arrived, and everywhere you go there spiders stacked up on spiders with spiders dribbling off the sides. This time, it was a decent batch but nothing to go in my memoirs.