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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 it! ESA...

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)
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)

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)

A blanketflower, Gaillardia, was a perfect meeting place for this crab spider and a bee,  Halictus tripartitus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A blanketflower, Gaillardia, was a perfect meeting place for this crab spider and a bee, Halictus tripartitus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A blanketflower, Gaillardia, was a perfect meeting place for this crab spider and a bee, Halictus tripartitus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crab spider dining on a  honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A crab spider dining on a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A crab spider dining on a honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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 Brendon...

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)
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)

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)

Eyes to eyes: A winter ant, Prenolepis imparis, encounters a jumping spider on an almond branch on a tree off Bee Biology Road, UC Davis. The jumping spider has four pairs of eyes while the ant has one pair. No arthropods were harmed in the making of this photo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Eyes to eyes: A winter ant, Prenolepis imparis, encounters a jumping spider on an almond branch on a tree off Bee Biology Road, UC Davis. The jumping spider has four pairs of eyes while the ant has one pair. No arthropods were harmed in the making of this photo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Eyes to eyes: A winter ant, Prenolepis imparis, encounters a jumping spider on an almond branch on a tree off Bee Biology Road, UC Davis. The jumping spider has four pairs of eyes while the ant has one pair. No arthropods were harmed in the making of this photo. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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 lavender....

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

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

Oops, wrong direction! The jumping spider,Phidippus audax, is looking elsewhere as a bee arrives on the scene. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Oops, wrong direction! The jumping spider,Phidippus audax, is looking elsewhere as a bee arrives on the scene. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Oops, wrong direction! The jumping spider,Phidippus audax, is looking elsewhere as a bee arrives on the scene. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The jumping spider, Phidippus audax, climbs its mountain and lurks. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The jumping spider, Phidippus audax, climbs its mountain and lurks. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The jumping spider, Phidippus audax, climbs its mountain and lurks. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The jumping spider, Phidippus audax, exits its summit, the Spanish lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The jumping spider, Phidippus audax, exits its summit, the Spanish lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The jumping spider, Phidippus audax, exits its summit, the Spanish lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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 Marina,...

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

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

Stare-down. A jumping spider stares at the camera while another jumper spider (blur) moves below. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Stare-down. A jumping spider stares at the camera while another jumper spider (blur) moves below. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Stare-down. A jumping spider stares at the camera while another jumper spider (blur) moves below. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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,...

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

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

A honey bee forages on a yellow rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee forages on a yellow rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee forages on a yellow rose. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

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

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