|Can you see evidence of a spider?|
|Here the trap-door is open and you can see the spider's tunnel.|
|Here you can see the perfect fit of the lid and some silk on the lid and in the tunnel.|
Below are two pictures of adult male cork trap-door spiders, Ummidia audouini, found on earlier dates. I typically see them in the summer wandering about, maybe looking for mates. They are intimidating in appearance, but if there is a spider that would make you say "Cool Spider", this is the one.
|Cork trap-door spider, Ummidia audouini, found last summer with Cincinnati Museum Center Science Camp students.|
| Cork trap-door spider, Ummidia audouini, crawling on the wall of a building on the preserve. This is a scan of a photo taken 17 years ago.|
If you'd like to learn more about spiders, a great new guide, Common Spiders of North America, written by Ohio arachnologist, Richard A. Bradley, is available on Amazon.com. It's the best illustrated spider guide I've used and it encompasses a wide variety of spiders one might encounter. Rich is a wonderful teacher and also has a spider website found here: http://spidersinohio.net/
Posted by Mark Zloba