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It was cool and cloudy as three volunteers completed this last survey of the year. Spitting spiders are unusual in having both silk and venom glands in their enlarged cephalothorax (the head part). They actually squirt poisonous silk at their prey! Instead of the usual eight eyes, these spiders have only six. They are arranged in three pairs that look amusingly like two eyes and a nose.

Select Photos and Complete List of Sightings:

Scytodes sp. (spitting spider)
photo by Val Bugh

Mimetus sp. (pirate spider)
photo by Val Bugh

Argiope trifasciata (banded garden spider)
photo by Val Bugh

Schistocerca nitens (gray bird grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh

Melanoplus plebejus (plebeian grasshopper)
photo by Val Bugh

Hemiargus isola (Reakirt's blue larva with ant)
photo by Val Bugh

Euptoieta claudia (variegated fritillary larva)
photo by Val Bugh

Uresiphita reversalis (genista caterpillar)
photo by Val Bugh

Rachiplusia ou (gray looper covered with water droplets)
photo by Val Bugh

Neokolla dolobrata (leafhopper)
photo by Val Bugh

Thyanta custator (stink bug)
photo by Val Bugh

Styloxus fulleri (longhorn beetle)
photo by Val Bugh

Unknown sp. (physid pond snail)
photo by Val Bugh

Unknown sp. (ichneumon)
photo by Val Bugh

Polistes exclamans (paper wasp)
photo by Val Bugh

Medetera sp. (long-legged fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Unknown sp. (root maggot fly)
photo by Val Bugh

Culiseta inornata (mosquito)
photo by Val Bugh

  • Birds:
    Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii)
    Carolina Wren (Thryomanes ludovicianus)
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

  • Mammals:
    Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)

  • Reptiles:
    Texas Map Turtle (Graptemys versa)

  • Misc.:
    Garden Snail (Otala lactea)
    Pond Snail (Unknown sp.)
    Globular Drop (Helicina orbiculata)
    Julid Millipede (Aniulus sp.)
    Harvestman (Leiobunum sp.)

  • Insects & Spiders:
    orderfamilygenus/speciescommon name

    lepidoptera  nymphalidae  Euptoieta claudia  Variegated Fritillary (larva)
      lycaenidae  Hemiargus isola  Reakirt's Blue (adult & larva)
      noctuidae  Rachiplusia ou  Gray Looper Moth
        Mythimna unipuncta  Armyworm Moth
        Galgula partita  The Wedgling
      geometridae  Tornos scolopacinaria  Dimorphic Gray
      crambidae  Uresiphita reversalis  Genista Caterpillar (larva)
      megalopygidae  Megalopyge opercularis  Southern Flannel Moth (pupa)

    coleoptera  coccinellidae  Coccinella septempunctata  Seven-spotted Lady Beetle
      cerambycidae  Styloxus fulleri  Longhorn Beetle

    hemiptera  miridae  Halticotoma sp.  Yucca Plant Bug
      pentatomidae  Thyanta custator  Stink Bug

    homoptera  cicadellidae  Neokolla dolobrata  Leafhopper
        Homalodisca vitripennis  Glassy-winged Sharpshooter
      cercopidae  Lepyronia quadrangularis  Spittlebug

    hymenoptera  ichneumonidae  Unknown sp.  Ichneumon
      vespidae  Polistes exclamans  Paper Wasp
      formicidae  Unknown sp.  Ant

    diptera  culicidae  Culiseta inornata  Mosquito
      dolichopodidae  Medetera sp.  Long-legged Fly
      anthomyiidae  Unknown sp.  Root Maggot Fly

    orthoptera  acrididae  Melanoplus plebejus  Plebeian Grasshopper
        Schistocerca nitens  Gray Bird Grasshopper
      mogoplistidae  Cycloptilum sp.  Scaly Cricket

    dermaptera  anisolabididae  Euborellia annulipes  Ring-legged Earwig

    araneae  scytodidae  Scytodes sp.  Spitting Spider
      lycosidae  Schizocosa sp.  Wolf Spider
      mimetidae  Mimetus sp.  Pirate Spider
      thomisidae  Mecaphesa sp.  Crab Spider
      araneidae  Argiope trifasciata  Banded Garden Spider

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