Sheetweb Weaver  (five photos)
Megalepthyphantes nebulosus


non-native sheet web
            weaver
This little guy was hanging out with a Steatoda triangulosa
on my shed door. If you look closely at the shadow of the
second leg from the front, you will see long leg hairs, or spines,
that are similar to the ones on Lynx spiders.
The spines are
 characteristic of this species, according to this Denmark site
You can see the spines better in some of the photos below. 
Megalepthyphantes nebulosa are not native to the
United States. 
© Carol Davis 11-16-2020

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.  These spiders may not be native to
the US, but they're well established in my yard in
Taylorsville, Utah, and they seem to be tolerant of
colder temperatures.  © 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.  You can
learn more about Sheetweb Weavers in general here on Wikipedia.
 © Carol Davis 12-25-2014

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