Our next meeting will be Monday, September 19 at the Caspar Community Center 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420 7PM
If you don't know much about jumping spiders, be warned - learning more about them can become an addictive pleasure! Now, while a lot of folks more frequently associate the phrase "creepy crawly" with spiders than the phrase "addictive pleasure," jumping spiders are not your average spiders. Among other amazing things, they stalk prey - insects and other spiders - like cats, using vision that rivals that of many birds and mammals. Male jumpers can be brilliantly colored with courtship displays rivaling those of birds-of-paradise. Some species are remarkable mimics of ants, wasps, or beetles. Intrigued? Plan to attend our spider program, featuring Tim Manolis, to learn more about spider biology, California species, and jumping spiders. Salticidae, the family of jumping spiders, is the largest family of spiders worldwide, with around 5000 described species. Though most numerous in the tropics, they are found just about everywhere, from the highest peaks of the Himalaya to the arid depths of Death Valley. Some species hop around in trees and bushes like little spider monkeys. Others stalk prey on the ground, walls, and fences, and very small ones crawl through leaf litter. Over 100 described species live in California, and you can probably find five to ten of these in your back yard.
Tim Manolis will present photos of these extraordinary creatures and answer all your spider questions. Dr. Manolis received his Ph.D, from the University of Colorado and is an artist, writer and field biologist who has lived in Sacramento for many years. He is author of Dragonflies and Damselflies of California, and the illustrator of Field Guides to Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley Regions and the Field Guide to Spiders of California and the Pacific Coast States. His website younglightfoot.home.mindspring.com