Sure, this post is an excuse to show off some the better spider shots I've taken over the past months, but I hope it will also serve as a resource for helping to identify some of the spider species around Oregon, and particularly the Willamette Valley. I'm working with volunteers at BugGuide.net to put names these, and I'll continue to revise and update this page as my spider portfolio grows and we learn more about spider identification, life history, taxonomy, etc. So, without further ado, I say to our non-squeamish readers: enjoy!
|Cross orbweaver - Araneus diadematus|
|Running crab spider|
|This is likely the same species as in the previous photo, but with a much better look at the "V" pattern on the abdomen|
|Pirata / Piratula|
|Wolf spider? We found this one running around a dirt path at Basket Slough NWR. It caught our eye because it looked like it was towing something along with it. That something was dozens of baby spiders clinging tightly to the adult's abdomen.|
|Jumping spider. Not sure what it's lugging around here, whether it's lunch or its offspring|