Sheetweb Weaver
Megalepthyphantes nebulosus

sheet web spider Megalepthyphantes nebulosus
When I came home from a family brunch on Christmas day, this tiny spider was sitting  on the siding by my side
door. I called out "Christmas present!"  My friend could only shake her head and laugh. © Carol Davis 12-25-2014

Megalepthyphantes nebulosus
This spider was very dark with a light carapace and striped legs and I thought
at first it might an immature male black widow.   © Carol Davis 12-25-2014

sheet web spider
This shows the pedipalps (boxing-glove-like appendages in the front) and the eye structure.  This species of spider is
native to Europe and has
gradually made its way across the North American continent.  © Carol Davis 12-25-2014

Megalepthyphantes nebulosus in Utah
I lightened up this photo so Bugguide experts could get a better picture of what the patterns
were on the spider. They were the ones
who identified it as Megalepthyphantes nebulosus
The site British Spiders has a web page dedicated to this spider.  I think I have another picture
of this species from years ago which I will post at a later date.  You can learn more about
Sheetweb Weavers in general here on Wikipedia.  © Carol Davis 12-25-2014

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