How to know your Indiana spider families: An identification workshop.


Facilitators: Dr. Marc Milne, Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Indianapolis and Emily Stern, undergraduate student at the University of Indianapolis.

Spiders are everywhere, including Indiana. They are integral to every Indiana ecosystem, yet information on spiders is sparse, even in North America. Identification of spiders is often the first step to understanding their influence on, and niche within, Indiana habitats. In this workshop for beginners in spider identification, we will explain spider anatomy, important functions of spider parts, and the role of certain structures in identification. We will examine these parts together as a group and, using the latest identification guide to spiders in North America, identify spider specimens that represent the most common spider families in Indiana. The cost of the workshop is $40 because each participant will receive and keep the latest copy (2nd edition) of Spiders of North America: An Identification Guide at this reduced price.

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