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Adult male - Dysdera crocata - male

Adult male - Dysdera crocata - Male
Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
April 6, 2013
Size: ~10mm body length
Found in gravel near the house. Despite the huge abundance of woodlice here, I don't often see these spiders.

I was hoping to get one of the classic "fangy" shots, but this guy was very docile and just wouldn't open up! :)

Note: size excludes chelicerae.

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possible use of photo
Dear Mr Basu,

I am a professor in the Biology Dept. at Western Washington University, in Bellingham, WA. For the last decade or so, I've been working on a field guide to Pacific Northwest insects (southern BC, WA, OR, ID, northern CA, western MT), to be published by Seattle Audubon Society. The guide will feature species accounts of nearly 1,200 species, each with a description of its natural history, how to distinguish it from similar species, and a photograph of a live adult. The featured species represent the great majority of insects that people in the region are likely to notice, along with a broad sampling of general insect diversity, including species of conservation need, pest species, and species that are good examples of the variety of insect form and function that can be found in the region. I'm writing the field guide in a style that will make it useful to a wide range of people: teachers and their students, field biologists, gardeners, foresters, farmers, homeowners, conservation managers, and curious naturalists in general. One of the things that makes this guide unique is that the species accounts are sufficiently detailed in the great majority of cases to allow accurate species-level identification. Gathering all of this information is the main reason why this project has taken so long! I'm finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, in that I now have drafts of the species accounts, as well as the family and order introductions. I still have a number of loose ends to tend to, but am planning on having it sent off to the printers in time for a spring 2015 release.

One of the loose ends in the project is finishing up with obtaining the necessary photographs. I've spent considerable time in the field taking photographs of insects, and about half of the images in this field guide will be my own. The remainder of the photographs are being donated by a large number of insect photographers, most of whom I've contacted after seeing their images on BugGuide, as well as others with photostreams on sites such as Flickr. However, I still have a few holes to fill in the photos I would like to include in the guide. This is why I'm writing you. Looking through the images on BugGuide, I saw this image and several other of your excellent photos of species that I would like to include in the book, but don't currently have a photograph of.

It would be terrific to include your photos in my field guide if you were willing to share them, and I'd be happy to discuss which photos via email (, if this seems like something you might be willing to do.

With thanks for your consideration,

Merrill A. Peterson
Professor and Insect Collection Curator
Biology Department
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225
ph.: 360-650-3636
fax: 360-650-3148

Hi Merrill. You are most welcome to use any of my images in your field guide - it sounds like a wonderful project!

I've replied to your emails several times... did you not receive them?

Hi again Merrill,

I replied to your gmail address as you suggested - did it get through? If not, it might be a problem on my end and I'll try emailing you via my gmail account.

Hi Kyron, I got your message
Hi Kyron,
I got your message - thanks! I've mailed you a release form, which I suspect will be arriving soon. Thanks again for your generosity!

Info page.
I've placed this image on the info page. Thanks!

Nice shots
of a neat spider. The dorsal view is impressive!


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