Spiders Featured in Next River Talk

These are spiders that the River Talk speaker found in the St. Louis River Estuary. They are from the family Theridiidae, genus Euryopis, more commonly known as the cobweb spider. This may be a new species for the Estuary.

Credit: Katie LaPlante

March 6, 2018

By Marie Zhuikov

The River Talk series continues this month, but will be held in a different location and day of the week. On Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m. in the Yellowjacket Union at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, (1605 Catlin Ave., Superior, Wis.), Katie LaPlante with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, will present “The Search for Superior Spiders.”

LaPlante, has been documenting the types of spiders that live in the St. Louis River Estuary for her master’s degree research. Her talk is being held in conjunction with the St. Louis River Summit.

The Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Minnesota and Wisconsin Sea Grant programs have teamed up to offer this series of informal evening talks about the St. Louis River Estuary. Everyone is invited.

Check the River Talk website for details. If you miss a talk, visit Wisconsin Sea Grant’s “Great Lakes Takes” blog for a summary.