We’re writing a spider book! Chris Buddle and Roar will soon present a happy volume packed with eight-legged greatness.
Each chapter will highlight a common species: a plain language and scientific overview of the biology and natural history of common spider species of North America. That’s a big task, because of the hundreds of potential candidate species, we’ll only highlight a dozen or so of the most common.
We need your help: Many of you provided valuable feedback on your favorite spidey friends, and we have already spoken to loads of Arachnologists, but we want to know what’s on everybody’s minds (spiderly speaking). See our chapter candidates and let us know if we missed a North American species SO INCREDIBLE IT MUST BE INCLUDED!
Here are the species we are proposing as “main chapters”:
Argiope aurantia (garden spider, or writing spider)
Oxyopes salticus (the striped lynx spider)
Neoscona sp. (orb-weavers)
Misumena vatia (goldenrod crab spider)
Dolomedes sp. (fishing or dock spiders)
Salticus scenicus (zebra jumper)
Parasteatoda tepidariorum (American house spider)
Latrodectus sp. (widow spiders)
Pardosa sp. (thin-legged wolf spiders)
Cheiracanthum sp. (ceiling spiders)
Agelenopsis sp. (funnel-web spiders)
Phidippus audax (bold jumping spider)
Frontinella communis (bowl and doily spider)
Sphodros niger (black purse-web spider)
And our candidates for sidebars:
Mastophora sp. (bolus spiders)
Scytodes thoracica (spitting spider)
Walckenaeria sp. (money spiders, or micro-sheet web spiders)
Dysdera crocata (wood-louse hunter)
Loxosceles reclusa (brown recluse)
Tetragnatha sp. (long-jawed orb weavers)
Peckhamia sp. or Synemosyna (ant-mimicking jumping spiders)
Herpyllus ecclesiasticus (Parson’s spider)
Trochosa terricola (wolf spider)
Gasterachantha cancriformis (spiny-backed orb weaver)
Pholcus phalangioides (cellar spider)
So… what do you think?
Comment here or email us your thoughts, feelings, or weird spider dreams (only if you really want to)! Your spidersenses are valuable to us!
Yours in spidery greatness,
Chris and Roar