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Ask the Naturalist: Where Has “Charlotte” Gone?

October 29, 2015 by Bay Nature Staff

A concerned spider fan asks what to do about a missing arachnid and the egg sacs she left behind.

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Evolution’s Tangled Web

October 01, 2015 by Alisa Opar

Why do so many of our local spiders have traits from the earliest stages of spider development?

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Here We Go A-Spidering

September 29, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

Spiderwebs are nature's most ideal trap. And different web types represent a different evolutionary strategy of ensnaring a meal.

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Jumping Spiders March to a Unique Beat

October 31, 2013 by Sean Greene

Some of the area’s most amazing spiders are the ones you’re most likely to miss. With colorful appendages and a big pair of striking frontal eyes, the diminutive Habronattus genus of jumping spider might be one of the cutest, and most surprising, of Western arachnids.

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Signs of the Season: Pumpkin spiders on the move

October 31, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

It’s Halloween, and you’ve probably noticed spiders everywhere. And not just the ones in costume. Perhaps the most seasonal of Bay Area spiders is the “pumpkin spider,” which gets it name from its bulbous, rust-colored thorax.


Biggest Local Land Invertebrate? The Tarantula

July 01, 2012 by Michael Ellis

Q: What's the largest underground-dwelling invertebrate in the Bay Area? How does it live?

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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?


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 ...



January 01, 2009 by John Muir Laws

Take a closer look at a few of our quirkier local spiders.

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Tarantula Trekking

September 12, 2008 by Kate Brittain

Whether you're cautiously curious or already avid, autumn is the time to go tarantula-spotting in the Bay Area. It's mating season for the hairy critters, and, accordingly, the males are venturing forth from the ground in search of potential partners, who coyly await their suitors on their burrows' "doorsteps," and try to eat them after the fact.

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