Picture ID 52205

Picture of unidentified spider

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For several years I have been trying to learn the species I encountered on Nov 1 2016. Is there anyone on this forum who knows?


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  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2019
  • Photographed: Nov 1, 2016
  • Spider: Unidentified
  • Location: Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States
  • Spotted Outdoors: Desert area
  • Found in web?: Yes
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Hi, that is a good question. I haven’t found any mention online of what species balloon or kite in the Grand Canyon. That may mean that it was multiple species. Most small kinds of spiders have hatchlings that can balloon. The trigger to do it all together appears to be in the Earth’s electrical currents and wind currents. The spiders’ bodies are covered in sensory hairs that feel pressure and movement and have chemoreceptors (taste, smell). The wind and electric charge cause the hairs to rise and that causes spiderlings to adopt the kiting posture and release silk at the… Read more »