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Saving a Spider

A winter ant, Prenolepis imparis, encounters a Phidippus,  jumping spider in an almond tree on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

I did not save a spider yesterday. Did not save one today, either. Well, if I had seen one.... Wednesday, March 14 was "Save a Spider Day" in the United States, according to a post by the Entomological Society of America (ESA). Darn, I missed...

Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 5:00 PM

And Along Came a Spider

Can you see an ant and a spider in this photo of an almond tree? It's a winter ant, Prenolepis imparis and a jumping spider, Salticidae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you've been checking out the honey bees foraging on the almonds lately--in between the rains--you might see other critters as well. Like a winter ant. Or a jumping spider. This winter ant, Prenolepis imparis (as identified by ant specialist...

Posted on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Not a Good Day for the Jumping Spider

A honey bee narrowly avoids the outstretched jumping spider,  a Phidippus audax. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Sometimes you get lucky. Sometimes you go hungry. Take the case of the huge jumping spider (a female Phidippus audax or bold jumping spider, as identified by Wade Spencer of the UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology) hanging out in our Spanish...

Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 3:08 PM

Valentine's Day: Looking for a Suitor?

A jumping spider sunning itself. Another jumping spider is below. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

On Valentine's Day, it's inaccurate to say that "everything is coming up roses." Not everything. Think jumping spiders on flowers. They come up, too. Take that jumping spider (family Salticidae) perched on a red trumpetlike vine at the Benicia...

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Stop and Smell the Roses...

A jumping spider peers out between the petals of a yellow rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Stop and smell the roses. Yes, we should all do that. We should take time out of our busy schedules to appreciate the beauty of nature, the beauty of roses, the beauty of a single yellow rose.  But sometimes there's a bonus in those roses,...

Posted on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 4:43 PM

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