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Bug Tip Tuesday | Black Widow Spiders in New England

Many people wonder about poisonous spiders in Massachusetts and other parts of New England, especially the notorious black widow. While species of black widow do inhabit New England – notably the northern black widow (Latrodectus variolus) – stumbling upon a black widow is not very likely... more
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Large Wolf Spiders

This large family of spiders derives its common name from the tendency to chase and pounce on prey. Wolf spiders are generally dark in color and recognizable by their unique eye arrangement: one row of four small eyes under two rows containing two eyes each. Mother wolf spiders drag their egg... more
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Nervous Jumping Spiders

Named for their propensity to jump on prey or when startled, this large family of spiders varies a great deal in coloration, distribution and size. Common jumping spiders in New England include the bold jumper (Phidippus audax), tan jumping spider (Platycryptus undatus) and zebra jumper (Salticus... more
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Common New England Spiders

In the New England region of the United States, the most common species of spider fall into a few families: crab spiders, grass spiders, jumping spiders, nursery web spiders, orb weavers and wolf spiders. These New England spiders are generally of common house spider size, growing no larger than an... more
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Curious Crab Spiders

These spiders, which are among the most common spiders found in Massachusetts, have a characteristic crab-like body shape and may even walk sideways or backwards like crabs. Since they do not build webs, crab spiders hide and wait for their prey. The best places to find these spiders are open areas... more
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Spider Bites

Most spiders found in the United States are harmless, but the brown recluse spider and black widow spider are called “venomous” because their bite is poisonous. If you were bitten by a spider, you might not even know, but you would likely notice swelling of the area and skin changes. A scab... more
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Tarantula Hawk

Did you know there is a crazy spider wasp that hunts tarantulas? The Tarantula Hawk is up to 2 inches long and can leave a very intense and painful sting. The female Tarantula Hawk is the one that goes after tarantulas, and the sting instantly paralyzes it and then the body becomes a nest for a... more
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Insect Superstitions

There are plenty of strange superstitions about insects all over the world, and here are a few of the strangest. Did you know it’s a tradition in Central Europe that a bride has to walk past a beehive while going down the aisle, and if the bee stings her, it means her husband won’t be faithful.... more
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Bug Bite Season is Here

Bug bite season is here. Do you know when you need to see a doctor for a bug bite? Spring usually brings out the spiders then the ticks and mosquitoes. If you get a bug bite, and it is hot and tender or is oozing you should see a doctor. There could be an infection that needs to be treated. Lyme... more
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Dwarf Spider

This Dwarf Spider is REALLY tiny. I'm talking miniscule. Taking photos of it was nearly impossible. These are in the subfamily Erigoninae. This is part of the Linyphiidae family - the sheet weavers. In England they are called "money... more
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