Before searching for spiders, please take note:
Although most spiders in North America and Europe are not poisonous, there are a few exceptions, including widows and Violin spiders. Violin spider bites are painful; the skin tissue around the bite collapses and takes several months to heal. Widow bites result in severe stomachaches and fever for a few days.
When searching for spiders, you will need to write down the numbers of spiders you find in each family so that you can submit that information to the JASON Project Spider Database. Master 1.5h "Number of Spider Families" in the JASON Curriculum is a convenient form on which to record your data. You can also print out a copy of the online Spider Data Entry Form to take with you.
Dr. Gillespie writes:
"I do my field work on all islands and in all habitats. I usually look for spiders at night because they are most active at this time: During the day they are often hidden in crevices or in the leaf litter, and are almost impossible to find. However, as dusk falls, spiders mysteriously appear from all around, hanging on silken threads, or industriously building their webs before commencing the night's feeding."
"Spiders can be found almost anywhere -- in homes, garages, fields, forests, roadsides, etc. To find spiders, it is best to locate them in their natural habitat. Two of the best techniques are:
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