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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.

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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?

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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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Arachnophilia

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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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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April Fooling!

April 01, 2007 by Alan Kaplan

Would you believe a twig is watching you? That some leaves can walk? And that if you brush against a ...

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Falling for Spiders and Termites

October 01, 2006 by Mike Koslosky

Things begin rumbling about now. Storm clouds pile up along the outer Coast Ranges, the winds shift and come out of the south, days get shorter, and the air gets colder. We all know what's coming: the rainy season. Termites and spiders know it too, and they're getting busy.

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