Arachnids have survived 400 million years of a changing planet. Our desert has presented some special challenges, selecting for extraordinary solutions and fantastic creatures.
Included in this talk will be a sampler of interesting inhabitants, among them sand spiders, Arizona brown spiders (related to the notorious brown recluse), jumping spiders, spitting spiders, scorpions, pseudoscorpions, wind spiders, vinegaroons, andgiant desert velvet mites. We are incredibly lucky to be living insuch a hotspot of interesting arachnids.
Phidipus sp. (spider) photo © Jillian Cowles