Purseweb Spiders

Family  Atypidae

I've established a special bond with these wonderful spiders.  They respond to my coaxing and freely emerge from their tube-like webs and pose for photos like pro models...not really.  These spiders are just plain fun to look for.  

My first experience with them was on my birthday, February 2010.  My friend, Jake Scott and I were sitting at the table with Dick and Patty Bartlett talking about Pursewebspiders when Jake said, "I've seen those type webs."  Within minutes we loaded into the vehicles and were on our way.  It was after 9:00 pm and very dark, however that didn't stop us,  Jake was not kidding, we found several webs and collected a couple to photograph.  

August 2010 was my next excursion searching for Purseweb spiders.  This time I wanted to photograph a couple of males because all had been females so far.  My brother, Mike, Photo Naturalist, Billy Boothe and I met at Torreya State Park.  Mike and I stayed at the Yurt in Torreya.  Torreya State Park is a wonderful place to visit.  If you've never been there, you owe it to yourself to check it out...awesome place!  We did not find any males, however we did find several females and photographed some. 

Purseweb Spiders Photo Gallery

Purseweb Spider (Sphodros rufipes)3

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