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spider hunting today in socal

Discussion in 'Field Trips (Natural Habitats)' started by TrapdoorSpiderLover, Jun 2, 2019.

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    I planned on going out to try and observe some mygalomorph spiders today and was wondering if i could get any advice on the preferred habitats of the different types of mygale spiders in socal, preferably info on the california trapdoor spider but any advice is welcome and appreciated greatly.
    Also i wanted to know how rare flower crab spiders are?
  2. chanda

    chanda Arachnoprince Active Member

    Crab spiders are quite common - they're just hard to see because they blend in so well. If you go out hiking anywhere that has a lot of flowers in bloom (such as brittlebush or California buckwheat) you can usually find crab spiders. They are frequently hiding underneath leaves or flowers, waiting to ambush a fly or bee or other insect that lands on the flower to feed.
  3. The Snark

    The Snark Dumpster Fire of the Gods Old Timer

    And a few Lynx if you get lucky. I still remember the debacle when the US government proclaimed all our lives with be ruined by the invasive Mediterranean fruit fly and executed repeated blanket sprayings by helicopter over most of urban and suburban So. Cal. For years afterwards so many insects and spiders became a rarity. The rose garden at Santa Anita Arboretum that used to have a crab or lynx on nearly every flower was devoid of them for months. The bee population also plummeted.
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  4. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member

    Ah, yes, the government doing its specialty of screwing everything up.
  5. well atleast on the bright side i saw some pretty cool spiders today including a striped lynx spider, a mama redback jumper and her two egg sacks, and finally i saw a california ebony tarantula so that was pretty stunning. looked my hardest for trapdoors but no luck sadly.
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  6. squidkid

    squidkid Arachnoknight

    you saw a T? LUCKY DUCK! i want one so bad. i know where there are tons of trapdoors
  7. ive actually found 4 in the same area consistently within the last month, do you think you could pm me so we could talk more about locations?
  8. Smokehound714

    Smokehound714 Arachnoking Active Member

    that wasnt the us government, that was Jerry Brown's doing- back in his first term as california's governor. The extremist group known as 'the weather underground' launched a bio-terror attack on california's agricultural areas, releasing thousands of cultured med flies, which led to jerry brown dousing us all with pesticides.

    ...and people elected him again afterward

    Probably the worst governor ca ever had. ..twice :/
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  9. The Snark

    The Snark Dumpster Fire of the Gods Old Timer

    That is only one version. There are several other credible ones. The feds were involved, there was dark money changing hands, someone made a huge profit distributing and spraying Malathion and another huge profit selling sterile flies to various government agencies and the list goes on. Of note the supposed bio terror attack came 3 months after and in retaliation for the initial aerial Malathion spraying.

    The entire scenario reads much too similar to the FBI attempt to label Earth First! as a terrorist group and frame Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney as terrorists armed with explosives. Both Judi and Darryl were close personal friends of mine and the likelihood of them involved in ANY violent activity was substantially less than Donald Trump never telling another lie.
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  10. I've found several tarantulas near Paso Robles, which are more than likely A. iodius, given the range distribution, as they are too far up north for A. eutelynum. If you're interested in finding other Mygalomorphs, I found some interesting species near Hacienda Hills, and also around the Angeles National Forest. We have a very small species of Mygalomorph here that isn't very well known, called the California Funnel Web. (Megahexura fulva) I mistook their burrows for tarantula sling burrows, and what popped out genuinely surprised me. They look almost like tiny slings. I also did find an Apomastus sp., albeit long dead. We also have a species of Lycosid I saw in Paso Robles, which we also likely have down here in the drier areas, known as Schizocosa maxima. They are ridiculous looking, with orange tinged femurs and stocky legs. As for B. californicum, I've had no luck.
  11. squidkid

    squidkid Arachnoknight

    wow nice finds
  12. Thank you!
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