We gathered with around 25 other iNatters for the Big Thicket BioBlitz -- it was the best time ever to explore with fellow naturalists.
On this night, we had several stations of night lights to attract moths and nocturnal critters.
En el patio
Honey bee fell off flower and hit the ground in some rocks. A small spider came out to get it. I interfered (which I normally don't do) to try and save the bee. The bee disappeared in the leaf debris but I could hear it buzzing angrily. I dug around a bit and out staggered the crevice weaver. The bee surfaced and flew out. Everyone lived. True story.
The crevice weaver spiders (super-family Filistatoidea, family Filistatidae) contain primitive cribellate spiders. They are haplogyne weavers of funnel or tube webs. The family contains 17 genera and more than hundred described species worldwide. One of the most abundant members of this family in the Americas is the Southern house spider (Kukulcania hibernalis). Named after the fierce Meso-American god Kukulkan, the females are large (up to nearly 20 mm) dark-colored spiders and males are light brown, smaller (about...