Identifying Spiders in Colorado

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Spiders in Colorado can be the black and yellow garden spider, which spins elaborate webs, or the brown recluse, which has a violin-shaped pattern across its body. Identify spiders in Colorado with helpful facts from an entomology student in this free video on arachnids.

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Hello, my name is Lauren Saldana, I'm an entomology major over at FSU, and I specialize in Arachnids. So today we're going to be talking about how to identify the spiders of Colorado. The first one that we'll be talking about is the black and yellow garden spider, which is obviously black and yellow and they are very conspicuous when spinning their webs. And they spend a lot of time in gardens and in other vegetation, and they weave very elaborate kind of webs and are very, very good at touching their pray. And the next one that we'll be talking about is the Brown Recluse which is very common throughout the U.S. And their colors are more like an orange/yellow kind of color with a dark violin shape pattern all across their body. And at the basis of their legs they're like an orange/yellow kind of color and the rest of the leg from probably about the knee joint down is about a grayish to brown color. And that's it for Colorado.

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