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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.

I have moved.
Arthropoda can now be found here.

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

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