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The day before Halloween we had an Urban Nature Walk at good old Mount Auburn. Among other things, we saw North America's most massive bird species.

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urbpan: (dandelion)
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It was a hot sweaty day and I was carrying a full armload of stuff from the hot sweaty stuffy AAZK loft. I set down my load and felt up to brush away a drop of sweat from my face. The drop was more solid than I expected, and this droplet of a spider fell to the floor.

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I felt bad for my rough handling--was I responsible for that missing right foreleg? This appears to be a small member of the Thomisidae* family of crab spiders. These spiders typically wait on flowers to ambush predators. Why it was on my sweaty face I'll never know.

* Thomisso = old Greek "whip"

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