Habronattus hirsutus female
Habronattus hirsutus female
Habronattus hirsutus female
Habronattus hirsutus female
Habronattus hirsutus female
Habronattus hirsutus female

Habronattus hirsutus female

On this page I’ve included photos of two female Habronattus hirsutus. The individual in photos 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 was identfied from photos by Rod Crawford, of the University of Washington’s Burke Museum. (See bugguide.net page) The individual in photo 4 was photographed mating with an identifiable male Habronattus hirsutus (see Mating 2).

Photo 2 shows the characteristic pattern of white on the hind end of the female abdomen. Males have a similar pattern, but showing much less contrast.

I have photographed many female Habronattus in this location at the mouth of the Elwha River and at River Bridge Park on the Dungeness River. But without direct evidence of mating or collection and expert examination of the epigynum, it’s a bit of guesswork to assign other photos of female spiders to species.

Photos 1, 2, 3 and 4 are live specimens in the wild. Photos 5 and 6 are after collection. Photo 6 shows the epigynum close up, photographed under alcohol.