8-1-14 Unusual spider - Wales, Alaska, USA
Observation: Unusual spider was found by the boundary patrol. I was unable to picture the rest of the spiders in the area which were of the same species. I have never seen such a large spider in our region before. If we are being invaded by poisonous spiders our health officials need to know so we can stock the appropriate anti venom. Brit Oxereok, Wales Native Corporation, Land Manger
Cooperative Extension Service Consult: Jessie Moan, Statewide IPM Technician writes, "For the most part, spiders are generalist, opportunistic predators. In How to know the spiders, B.J. Kaston says: "Most species are not particular as to the insects eaten but will take whatever happens to come their way." For the most part, anything a spider can catch and thinks it can eat, it will eat. There are some exceptions of course, but those are the general circumstances. This makes it difficult to identify spiders based on what they are eating." University of Alaska Fairbanks
LEO says: submitting an insect specimen/sample for review; Jessie writes in a recent July, 2014 post, "insects should be shipped dead and can be killed by either placing them in the freezer for a few days or by putting them in rubbing alcohol. Dead insects should be placed in a small container with a tight fitting lid and plenty of cushioning (cotton balls are great for this). This container can be placed in a small box and shipped via USPS or UPS. I hear FedEx is not big on shipping insects (living or otherwise). In addition to the actual specimen it would be fantastic to also have some information about where the insect was collected, including the name of the collector, the date it was collected, the location (community name), and what the insect was collected from, for example: the side of a house, a flower (naming the type of plant is very helpful), etc. Additional information about what the insects were doing when they were observed/collected would not be turned down!" Insect submissions can be sent to the UAF Cooperative Extension Service's, Sample submission website.
Beneficial Insects and Spiders of Alaska guide book, provides information on identification and habits of beneficial predators and parasitic pests in Alaska environments. The many spiders and insects of Alaska that offer benefits are described to great detail. Any planter, gardener or homeowner should not be without this useful and colorful guide. Source, UAF Cooperative Extension Service, IPM Program.
BugwoodWiki: Methods to collect insects and other arthropods are almost as numerous as kinds of insects, and new techniques are still being developed. This page will cover the general collection of various groups of insects and arthropods, and offer specific hints and tips where available. However, collecting a specific taxon for a specific purpose may require a particular protocol which should be followed.