“Hello Bug Girl! I love your blog so much. Because of it, I actually got into a really interesting conversation with a guy at the bars who has several jumping spiders as pets. haha I was definitely the only person not immediately creeped out by him.
I found this spider in my backyard. The pattern on its back looked like white triangles. What do you think it is? Thanks xx”- way-to-travel
This one has me totally stumped! And it’s so distinct looking! BUT I will get an ID, just wait for an edit and help from Toby!
Also, that guy at the bar is probably how people in Hollywood think of me! haha. Keep the photos coming of the fun creatures you find!
I’m pretty sure this is a female Parson’s spider- Herpyllus spp. And since way-of-travel is in Colorado, she’s most likely Herpyllus ecclesiasticus, the Eastern Parson’s spider. There are roughly 13 species of Herpyllus in the US, though, so I’m not 100% on H. ecclesiasticus.
I can only see a hint of the long spinnerets that are a hallmark of Gnaphosid (ground) spiders, but I’m sticking with Herpyllus, because of those white markings. Also, she’s most likely gravid- filled with eggs. :)
Cool thanks guys! It was really neat to find.