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Spider With Unknown Parasite - Theridion

Spider With Unknown Parasite - Theridion
Montrose, Laurens County, Georgia, USA
December 22, 2010
Size: approx. 4 mm overall
I don't know the spider, but it seemed an odd color when I first spied it on a leaf of a bush unknown to me. As I closed in it became apparent what was going on. I have never seen a parasite on a spider outside of a mite once. This is somewhat surprising to me as this indicates that the spiders and insects are not dormant in what passes for the "Deep Freeze" around these parts. It has been exceptionally cold the last couple of weeks dipping well below 20 degrees F and never going over 45 except for one day it hit 53-- mid-January weather. The past few days have been rather warmer, hence there is more open activity.

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Spider With Unknown Parasite - Theridion Spider With Unknown Parasite - Theridion Spider With Unknown Parasite Spider With Unknown Parasite

Another theridiid genus?
This looks more to me like Anelosimus.

Good pictures!
I found something similar on an immature orb weaver. It turned out to be an ichneumonid wasp:

Moved from ID Request.

and the spider
may be one of the Theridion

looks right to me too.

Raise it
Maybe in Polysphincta Genus Group (the parasite)
I raised this one

wonderful and creepy at the same time! Great picture--and don't you just love it when you find life after the deep freeze?

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