The deer tick (or black-legged) in the East and the related western black-legged tick are the only known transmitters of Lyme disease in the United States. Both are hard-bodied ticks with a two-year life cycle. Like all species of ticks, deer ticks and their relatives require a blood meal to progress to each successive stage…
Fishing Spiders have small eyes and legs that are held widely apart. They get their name because they hunt for aquatic prey suck as insects crustaceans and even small minnows. They hand out on the banks of streams and ponds feeling for vibrations of passing prey.
Black & Yellow Garden Spiders are one of the largest in Northern New York and Vermont. Like all orb weavers the Spiders web is a masterpiece. The web is rebuilt every morning to keep its tackiness. The females are hundreds of time larger then the male.
Sheet Web Weavers are often overlooked because of their small size. They are very abundant among vegetation. They spin a sheet web over the vegetation to catch its prey. Some wit under the filmy dome until the prey lands and then it attacks.
Harvest-man Spiders or “Daddy Long Legs” These spiders much like ticks aren’t true spiders because they only have one body segment. They do not have venom but can produce a foul scent. They hunt small insects and feed on plant juices.
Funnel Web Spiders or Grass Spiders build webs on top of vegetation.They are shaped like a funnel where the Spider waits for its prey. They are approx. 3/4″ long brown in color. They can be seen on hedges and low lying shrubs.
Spiders are critically important to the Earth’s ecosystem because they keep the insect population under control. But – good golly! – do they have to look so scary!? Especially jumping spiders. These spiders are known for their exceptionally large eyes (large for spiders) and “furry,” rectangular face. These spiders definitely have faces only their mothers…
Have you been bitten by a crab spider or is one lurking around your living area? First off, don’t panic; crab spiders’ venom are not poisonous to you (unless you are a bee or unless you happen to be allergic). And if you don’t know if you are dealing with a crab spider (Thomisidae), check…
One of the more successful variants of arachnid in the world, the wolf spider can be found in all but the most polar regions of the world, including the coasts of Greenland. What gives the wolf spider its tremendous range is that the various genii as a whole are not reliant upon webs for snaring….
We’re not going to mince words here: the sac spider may be a light, cheery yellow in color, but this creature has fangs – and knows how to use them! These arachnids can’t spin large webs, so they make small sacs to protect their young and themselves (hence, their name). Sac spiders tend to build…