California Spiders October 19

Redbud Audubon is excited about the upcoming October 19 program entitled California Spiders, to be presented by Dr. Tim Manolis of Sacramento. Manolis will begin with an introduction to spider biology and the types of spiders that occur in California. If you don’t know much about jumping spiders, be warned: learning more about them can become an addictive pleasure!

Among other amazing things, they stalk prey-insects and other spiders – like cats, using vision that rivals that of many birds and mammals. Male jumpers can be brilliantly colored with courtship displays rivaling those of birds-of-paradise.

Some species are remarkable mimics of ants, wasps, or beetles. Intrigued? Plan to attend this spider program on Oct. 19 to learn more about spider biology, California species, and jumping spiders.

Dr. Manolis will present photos of these extraordinary creatures and answer all your spider questions. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado and is an artist, writer and field biologist who has lived in Sacramento for many years. He is author of Dragonflies and Damselflies of California, and the illustrator of Field Guides to Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley Regions and the Field Guide to Spiders of California and the Pacific Coast States.

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