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And This Little Spider Stayed Home

July 01, 2011 by David Lukas

Tiny turret spiders, hiding in their silk-lined tunnels near your favorite trail, just might hold some geologic secrets in their genes. "These spiders are like rocks that don't move," says one researcher. Who’d have thought?

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Ticked Off

April 01, 2011 by Barry Breckling

Ticks can be trouble, yet you can’t help but admire their toughness as they cling to vegetation waiting for a meal to come within arm’s length. Fortunately for us, some of those meals come from western fence lizards, whose blood neutralizes the pathogen that causes Lyme disease. Now that’s a handy bit of natural selection!

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Native California Tarantulas

December 30, 2010 by Rick Bacigalupi

Naturalist Katie Colbert introduces us to the amazing tarantulas that wander the interior hills of the Bay Area. These large ...

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When Garden Spiders Live Large

August 29, 2008 by Laura Hautala

Look in your backyard right now, and there's a decent chance you'll see the ornate webs of our local orbweaver spiders. After feeding on insects all spring and summer, banded garden spiders and yellow garden spiders get big and very noticeable in fall, just before they lay their eggs and die.

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