spiders http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/424/all en Green Lacewings: Eat, Prey, Love Biocontrol http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/green-lacewings-eat-prey-love-biocontrol <p>We&#39;ve added a new insect&nbsp;delicacy to the menu for the dwellers&nbsp;in our <a href="http://www.nhm.org/site/explore-exhibits/special-exhibits/spider-pavilion" target="_blank">Spider Pavilion</a>. That&#39;s right, usually the ladies (and few gents), that call the spider pavilion home, get fed butterflies, crickets, and flies, but as of this week we&#39;ve added green lacewings!</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/crab%20spider%20eating%20greenlacewing.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/green-lacewings-eat-prey-love-biocontrol" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/green-lacewings-eat-prey-love-biocontrol#comments aphidlions biocontrol biological control Chrysoperla rufilabris Corydalus cornutus Dobsonfly garden pests green lacewings lacewings Los Angeles Nature Misumenoides formosipes Spider Pavilion spiders Whitebanded crab spider Blog Tue, 24 Sep 2013 19:01:40 +0000 Lila Higgins 822 at http://www.nhm.org/nature I Found a Huge Green Spider in My Garden! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/i-found-huge-green-spider-my-garden <p>Ever found&nbsp;a large green spider in your garden? Chances are, if you&#39;re in the Los Angeles area, the spider you&#39;ve found is a Green Lynx Spider, <em>Peucetia viridans</em>.</p> <p>Here&#39;s one that NHM staffer, Richard Smart, found in our Nature Gardens on Wednesday:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/greenlynxspider.jpg" /></p> <p>Photo taken by NHM&#39;s own Spider-Woman, Cat Urban.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/i-found-huge-green-spider-my-garden" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/i-found-huge-green-spider-my-garden#comments big spider Cat Urban Green Lynx Spider green spider green spider in los angeles huge spider Richard Smart Spider Pavilion Spider-Woman spiders spidery friends Blog Fri, 20 Sep 2013 22:07:14 +0000 Lila Higgins 820 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Psycho Spider Killer: What is It? http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/psycho-spider-killer-what-it <div>I&#39;ve been waiting an entire month to write this post, and maybe my entire life to&nbsp;entomologically riff off a Talking&nbsp;Heads song title!&nbsp;On Monday, October 1, I found a large tarantula hawk wasp (a.k.a Pepsis wasp)&nbsp;on some flowering Baccharis in&nbsp;the North&nbsp;Campus. This&nbsp;blue wasp with orange wings was&nbsp;the first&nbsp;of its kind spotted in our new gardens, and is indeed a spider killer.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/tarantulahawk.JPG" /></div> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/psycho-spider-killer-what-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/psycho-spider-killer-what-it#comments Insects of the Los Angeles Basin Justin O. Schmidt pepsis wasp Schmidt sting pain index spiders tarantula hawk tarantulas Blog Thu, 01 Nov 2012 05:36:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 714 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Q: What are Those Miniature Spiky Puffballs? A: Brown Widow Egg Sacs http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/q-what-are-those-miniature-spiky-puffballs-brown-widow-egg-sacs <div>Earlier this week, staff found&nbsp;some&nbsp;small circular egg cases on a gate in the North Campus. Upon closer inspection we realized they were&nbsp;brown widow,<em> Latrodectus geometricus,</em> egg sacs. But how did we know this?</div> <div><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xiVfBA8lozM/UFEu6dl45VI/AAAAAAAAAsc/GhDGC5TGLio/s1600/BrownWidowCameraTrap2.JPG" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" hea="true" height="300" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xiVfBA8lozM/UFEu6dl45VI/AAAAAAAAAsc/GhDGC5TGLio/s400/BrownWidowCameraTrap2.JPG" width="400" /></a></div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/q-what-are-those-miniature-spiky-puffballs-brown-widow-egg-sacs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/q-what-are-those-miniature-spiky-puffballs-brown-widow-egg-sacs#comments black widow brown widow eggs Spider Pavilion spiders Blog Sat, 22 Sep 2012 07:31:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 719 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Killer Legs: Crab Spider Wins Prize with Eight! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/killer-legs-crab-spider-wins-prize-eight <p>On Sunday, February 26, Museum Educator&nbsp;Anna Holden,&nbsp;and myself took some families out to the North Campus to collect spiders! The spiders were collected so they can be identified and preserved as part of our ongoing <a href="http://www.nhm.org/site/activities-programs/community-science/spider-survey" target="_blank">L.A. Spider Survey</a>. They will also be added to our ever-growing North Campus species list.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/killer-legs-crab-spider-wins-prize-eight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/killer-legs-crab-spider-wins-prize-eight#comments Anna Holden Briana Burrows california brittlebrush crab spider Encelia californica LA Spider Survey Misumenoides formosipes spiders Whitebanded crab spider Blog Thu, 01 Mar 2012 06:42:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 667 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Men's Restroom in Long Beach is Voted Best Spider Collecting Site http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/mens-restroom-long-beach-voted-best-spider-collecting-site <div>Over the past few weeks&nbsp;myself and Shawna Joplin, Museum Coordinator of Animal Care and Education,&nbsp;have been madly working to get the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nhm.org/site/explore-exhibits/special-exhibits/spider-pavilion" target="_blank">Spider Pavilion</a> ready by collecting hundreds of spiders for display. This involved a trip to the swamps of New Orleans to collect the largest orb weavers&nbsp;in North America and also multiple collecting trips around Los Angeles for&nbsp;our local spider species.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/mens-restroom-long-beach-voted-best-spider-collecting-site" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/mens-restroom-long-beach-voted-best-spider-collecting-site#comments golden silk spider orb weaver Shawna Joplin silver garden orb weaver Spider Pavilion spiders Zack Lemann Blog Fri, 30 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 650 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Bug Wars: Spider Attacks Grasshopper and Disappears Down Black Hole http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/bug-wars-spider-attacks-grasshopper-and-disappears-down-black-hole <p>This week I have renamed Sam (NHM's media producer for <a href="http://naturegardensnhm.blogspot.com/p/nhms-nature-lab.html">Nature Lab</a>) Spider-Man! He's been out and about carefully sticking a mechanic's device into spider homes, so visitors to our <a href="http://www.nhm.org/site/explore-exhibits/special-exhibits/spider-pavilion" target="_blank">Spider Pavilion</a> can get a view into spider lives, like never before.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/bug-wars-spider-attacks-grasshopper-and-disappears-down-black-hole" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/bug-wars-spider-attacks-grasshopper-and-disappears-down-black-hole#comments borescope Funnel web spider grasshopper spiders webs Blog Thu, 25 Aug 2011 07:00:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 655 at http://www.nhm.org/nature