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Spring & Summer

With the arrival of warmer temperatures, everyone should start to see more spiders. There have been a few pictures posted of spiders walking across the snow which does happen even in winter, but the snowpack in most of the southern half of the state has already melted with the exception of the big snow pile at the local Walmart.

Some spider species overwinter as adults and are now out in pursuit of a mate. Others, like wolf spiders, are in juvenile stages in the early spring and can form miniature hordes as you walk through the grasses along wetlands (no, they don't hunt in packs). They mature quickly and adults can often be found before the month of May has passed.

The warmer months provide an abundance of prey and mating opportunities and it is the best time (and easiest time) to find mature spiders. Spiders can be found in nearly any habitat: on the ground, under logs, behind bark, under leaves, under eaves, etc. Look for webs of many shapes and sizes. ...more ↓

Posted on March 16, 2020 03:12 by cheins1 cheins1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Minnesota's spider fauna and its species' distribution in the state are largely unknown. Help fill in the gaps in our knowledge by submitting quality photographs of spiders.

In order for your pictures to be part of this project, you will need to submit the date and location where you found the spider.

A preliminary checklist for Minnesota's spiders can be found here: ...more ↓

Mini cheins1 created this project on August 12, 2016

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