Nature Study Entry: American Grass Spider (Agelenopsis)


 

Introducing:

“Agelenopsis is a genus of spiders, known as American grass spiders.[1] They weave sheet webs that have a funnel shelter on one edge. The web is not sticky, but these spiders make up for that shortcoming by running very rapidly. The larger specimens (depending on species) can grow to about 19 mm in body length.

They may be recognized by the arrangement of their eight eyes into three rows. The top row has two eyes, the middle row has four eyes, and the bottom row has two eyes (spaced wider than the ones on the top row). They have two prominent hind spinnerets, somewhat indistinct bands on their legs, and two dark bands running down either side of the cephalothorax.” Per Wikipedia.

It’s so true,  these guys sure are fast, my husband had to be quick to catch it.  I’m so glad it didn’t get away.  My brave girl and my boys just loved observing it. My youngest son, who is 6yrs. Old said, “This spider has a really big abdomen.”  I had a proud mama moment when I heard that. ☺️

 

When our family was done observing it, we let it go outside where it belongs.

Hopefully, we won’t see one again for a long time in our home anyway.

Here is a picture of one of their webs:

 

 

Hope you enjoyed learning about Grass Spiders with us.

Have a wonderful day!!

In His Love,

Rachel

 

 

Woodhouse’s Toad (Anaxyrus woodhousii)

image August 26, 2016

My youngest boy found this big guy!

This was the best shot I could get of this big guy. He was down in a brick full of mud.

The kids were so overjoyed that they got to see this in their own yard. They watched him all day because of course they want to see him move or make a sound. I even wet him with water and he opened his eyes for us. But other than that, he just wouldn’t budge. So we all said, “Thank you for visiting us, and our goodbye’s”.  Because we new he would not be there the next day.

And of course, the next day he was gone. But we are so happy and thankful that he paid us a visit.

We never expected to see a toad in our yard.

 

 

 

Flame Skimmer (Libellula Saturata)


 

 

 

June 21, 2016

This Flame Skimmer was found by Grandpa in his back yard.,

 

The kids just loved holding it.

Sadly it couldn’t fly away. One of its wings was broken. 🙁

 

 

 

 

Pacific Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer)

Hello there!!

My family and I have started to implement nature study regularly, so I have decided to document our finds and keep an online nature study journal, to go with my children’s nature study notebooks.

Then our family will always have a record to look back on all our nature study adventures and finds. We hope this will be an encouragement for you and your family to go out into nature as much as possible. There is just so much beauty to be enjoyed and discovered.

With that, here is another of our finds, my son found this little guy in our own backyard on June 19, 2016.

So as you can see, you don’t always have to leave your home to do nature study. (wink, wink)

Have a wonderful day!!

Love,

Rachel

 

 

 

Black Widow Spider (latrodectus)

 

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June 22, 2016

“But, more than all, nature study gives the child a sense of companionship with life out-of-doors and an abiding love of nature.”                    Handbook of Nature Study, by: Anna Botsford Comstock

 

 

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