The Ice Spiders - 1 of 3 pages

I call these The Ice Spiders because I found them around 10:00 a.m. on Antelope Island on February 8, 2009, in
32 degree weather with a wind chill of -400 (maybe I'm exaggerating, but it was really
  These spiders
were moving so slowly it was like watching the sun cross the sky.
  When I got back in my Saturn, my thermometer
told me there was ice outside--there was ice inside, too - on me! 
There were three different species of spiders in this one little area: a Philodromid (running crab spider),
two Larinioides (furrow spiders) and one tiny, tiny ant mimic that I'll never be able to identify to species.
Here area few pages of their photos:

furrow spider
This Furrow Spider is probably female, judging from the palps. Maybe she was going to go ice skating with the male
spider below. 
© Carol Davis, 2-8-2010

furrow spider
This is a male Furrow Spider (Larinioides).  He is obviously equipped with anti-freeze. © Carol Davis, 2-8-2010

On to Page 2 of Ice Spiders >>

Home - Arachnids of Utah

Other Home - Amazing Nature