On the Home-front: Achaearanea tepidariorum

On the Home-Front examines whatever arthropod I randomly find in my home or yard in suburban Baltimore. Today I found a common house spider, Achaearanea tepidariorum.

Arthropoda(p), Chelicerata(sp), Arachnida(c), Araneae(o), Araneoidea(sf), Theridiidae(f)

These spiders are harmless cousins of black widows within the cobweb spider family, theridiidae. They are distributed around the world, often residing in close proximity to humans. They are social spiders, sometimes living in large webbed colonies. Their commonality have made them useful research subjects for scientists interested in social arachnids.


3 Responses to “On the Home-front: <em>Achaearanea tepidariorum</em>”

  1. 1 Melanopsin November 18, 2009 at 5:27 am

    Did you kill it?

  2. 2 mikebok November 18, 2009 at 5:42 am

    Oh no, it lives. Hopefully it is back at work right now, killing less awesome critters.

  3. 3 Bathtub For Small Bathrooms November 29, 2011 at 11:38 am

    This might be this blog’s greatest blog around!!

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Michael Bok is a graduate student studying the visual system of mantis shrimp.

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