Insects are yummy

Especially to spiders!

This is the goldenrod crab spider, Misumena vatia, with what appears to be a June beetle in the genus Maladera or Serica.

And a beautiful nursery web spider in the genus Pisaurina, with a beat-up moth I couldn’t ID.

I went blacklighting last night with a group of entomologists, looking for more Acronicta females. I got a few, as well as some males of Acronictinae species I had never caught before – so that was exciting. And of course, I wandered off to explore the insect life in the woods at night. These two spiders were caught in the midst of dinner – we tried to photograph them without disturbing them too much. The second one was close to the sheet, taking advantage of the fact that we had attracted so many moths.

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Posted on July 1, 2012, in Black lighting, Invertebrates. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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