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Besides their natural talents of spinning webs and catching prey, Washington's forest spiders can actually help us observe the effectiveness of sustainable timber harvesting practices. Read about the Burke's research into what the future holds for spiders and other species in forest areas cleared for logging.

Green Darner Dragonfly specimen

Did you know that the Washington state insect is the Green Darner Dragonfly?

Female specimen of Zodarion rubidum from Gold Bar

Burke volunteers discover two spider families new to Washington state.

Live male Pseudophrys lanigera.

Welcome to Washington! How did a spider common in Europe make its way to Seattle? We may never know, but it appears to be here to stay.

Leucauge

Nearly all of the widespread assumptions and "general knowledge" about spiders is false!

A chance encounter on a windy day leads to the discovery of a new spider habitat. 

Acuclavella leonardi specimen

The strangest-looking arachnids found in Washington state according to Rod Crawford.

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