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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Beetle or spider

This female has made a huge web and in the middle are her egg sacks. She is about ½ and inch in length. I cannot find anything like this in my spider book but I have an idea it might be some kind of bark spider as the protrusions on her back and the way she draws her legs in are what this species usually does. The pictures are very difficult to get as they are all taken through the thick web which I could not coax her out of. The almost square abdomen and no-legs look made me think it looks like a beetle which I am sure it tries to imitate.

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