[Taxacom] Got Arachnophobia? Here's Your Worst Nightmare

Kevin Zelnio kaz146 at psu.edu
Sat Sep 1 12:22:18 CDT 2007


One Blog mentioned they were formed by the Southeastern Social Cobweb  
Spider, Anelosimus studiosus Hentz, 1850 (Theridiidae). But she  
mentioned experts are still collecting specimens.

The blog entry is here: http://membracid.wordpress.com/2007/08/30/the- 
spiders-that-ate-texas/

Kevin
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On Sep 1, 2007, at 1:09 PM, Robin Leech wrote:

> Hi Donat,
>
> No one has yet told us what spiders are making the webs, but in  
> 1967 in
> Mexico, I saw many roadside bushes decorated like this by araneid  
> spiders.
> The masses of webs went on for hundreds of metres.
> I was told then that this is a defensive mechanism to make it hard  
> for a
> hymenopteran predator/prasite to get at the spiders and/or their eggs.
>
> There are social spiders, genus Stegodiphus, in the Old World, but not
> in the New World.
>
> Robin
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Donat Agosti" <agosti at amnh.org>
> To: <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
> Sent: Saturday, September 01, 2007 10:43 AM
> Subject: [Taxacom] Got Arachnophobia? Here's Your Worst Nightmare
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>
>>
>> Got Arachnophobia? Here's Your Worst Nightmare
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>>
>> http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/31/us/31spider.html?em
>> <http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/31/us/31spider.html? 
>> em&ex=1188792000&en=0818
>> 05ebdea6bf5a&ei=5087%0A>  
>> &ex=1188792000&en=081805ebdea6bf5a&ei=5087%0A
>>
>>
>>
>> See this article in the NYTimes: what spiders are these? What do  
>> you as
>> experts say?
>>
>>
>>
>> Donat
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>> Dr. Donat Agosti
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>> Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History and  
>> Naturmuseum der
>> Burgergemeinde Bern
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>> Email: agosti at amnh.org
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