Anonymous : July 9, 2014

Many years ago I found my first ever Green Lynx Spider on a huge lavender dahlia blossom. I nearly plucked it off to give my cat as a treat, thinking it was one of the delicate transparent-looking members of the katydid family. It was obviously in fine ambush form as it had no visible web and held its 2 front legs spread in the air like antenna, 2 legs on each side set like insect legs, and the 2 back legs posed like hoppers. It certainly convinced me! I got my camera and took photos (the days of film) but my movements caused the spider to assume a more spidery stance. The next year I found one on a dried tomato plant leaf guarding a large beige half-inch sized egg sac that was covered with sharp looking spikes. I have not seen any in my yard since. Where I live: San Marino for over 40 yrs. In fact, most spiders are now absent from my yard, my gardens. For years we had several Golden Orb Weavers at the same time with their huge webs, but no more; then for years we had so many Jeweled Araneuses that I had to walk waving a stick from head to foot to clear a path as I went. We watched them spinning their orbs from object to object as the last light of evening faded to darkness. My husband learned to respect nature watching these beautiful, patient feats of engineering, but no more; now, even the once too plentiful "funnel," or mat-web, builders that were all over everything are nearly gone. Where? Just today I sent an email to spidersurvey@nhm.org about a new spider, a "white widow" with a large red hourglass that is proliferating around here and, as I discovered, comes out at night to build its web which it takes down before sunup. You do not know it is there. I would be grateful for a reply. Yes, We are members.


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