Spider Survey - How to Participate | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Pictured here is a crab spider, Misumenoides formosipes. They tend to be found on flower heads, where they are sit-and-wait predators. These spiders have the ability to slowly change color to match the color of the flower they are on; white, pink, and yellow
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How to Participate

Go on a Spider Collecting Adventure

Help our scientists find out which spiders are in L.A. Without your help, they can't get the full picture.

Here's how:

Step 1: Gather Tools

Here's what you need:

  • plastic container(s)
  • plastic spoon
  • gardening trowel
  • old white pillowcase
  • data sheet (36K, PDF)
  • small note card

Step 2: Go Outside

Search for piles of leaves, like under bushes or in flowerbeds. With a trowel, scoop some dirt and leaves onto a pillowcase. Use a spoon to stir the material around while looking for spiders. Watch out they can move fast!

Step 3: Collect Spiders

Place a plastic container over the spider. Then slide a notecard beneath the spider to trap it. Quickly put the lid on the container.

Step 4: Send Us Your Spiders

Fill out the data sheet. Make sure to note where you found the spider. Bring your spiders to the Museum's front desk. Or mail them to:

Spider Survey
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90007