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Asymetrical Six-Legged Spider - Phidippus californicus - male

Asymetrical Six-Legged Spider - Phidippus californicus - Male
Santiago Oaks Park, Orange, Orange County, California, USA
July 14, 2006
Not a wonderful shot, but it does highlight the back pattern.

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Asymetrical Six-Legged Spider - Phidippus californicus - male Asymetrical Six-Legged Spider - Phidippus californicus - male

again, Ron. Don's ID is correct. Updated images.

Switching gears, no real news on bolas, tho I did update my post. Is there any way to tell if egg sacs are viable?

spiders yes, but not sure with bolas spiders. Sometimes eggs sacs are infertile or parasitized. That particular bolas spider laid so many, I would guess they are fertile.

Unless you happen to be there when spiderlings are emerging, I think the only way you could get an image of an adult male would be by collecting an egg sac.
If that is an option, just cut an egg sac with no holes in it loose with a sharp pair of scissors. Put it in a container with a twig and wait. Then you could release afterwards. Just a thought.

Something for me to think about
I haven't done any catch-and-release so far for a variety of reasons, but was kicking myself recently for not taking Gulf Fritillary eggs from a passion vine near a butterfly garden. The vine was later ripped out! At least in that instance, I'd have been a better caretaker.

This is an adult male
Phidippus californicus. It's too bad that he's lost two of his legs. The way that the scales on the carapace are scattered is very interesting. This is a new species to bugguide.

Thanks for the details.
Glad it's an addition. I like to dig up the odd stuff. How do I move it to the proper place when it's a new species, or does an editor handle this?

An editor will need to create a page for this species.

Great; that's how I thought it works.
I'm still learning the ropes; probably will always be. This is a very nice site.

Can move to genus.
Ron, you can move your image to the genus Phidippus, just not to the species since there is not a page for this one yet.

Good idea
Done, Don.

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