Spiders found in Connecticut

Ratmosphere

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Has anyone on this forum ever come across Latrodectus variolus or Phidippus purpuratus in the state of Connecticut? I've been looking for a while but I still can't find them. And yes, they inhabit some parts of the state according to my research.
 

pannaking22

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Something to help with your search for the Phid would be to try to find upland areas where tiger beetles are. Cicindela formosa would be one that should be fairly well documented, so there should be records on BugGuide. Might not give you a perfect distribution, but at least it'll be a starting point. C. lecontei and C. scutellaris should be good options too.
 

darkness975

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I'm going to head to a town an hour away in late summer, a little girl found two black widows in her yard in that area. You could read more about it here http://wtnh.com/2016/10/24/girl-finds-2-black-widow-spiders-in-her-madison-backyard/ . For that species of jumper, they like sandy, xeric climates so I'm going to have to search pretty hard.
The spelling errors are annoying, and the quote of it being "creepy and scary" was also annoying.

Interesting article, nevertheless. I am pretty sure various Latrodectus are found in most states.
 

Ratmosphere

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Thanks for the tips @pannaking22 ! And yes @darkness975 , unfortunately people are quick to judge. I got in many pointless arguments in the past "sticking up" for spiders. People just fear what they don't understand.
 
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