From Texas A&M University:
None of Takesha Henderson’s discoveries are named Charlotte, but they are weaving a new chapter in Texas entomology. Her graduate studies at Texas A&M University have led to the discovery of 25 new spiders in Brazos County and one species found for the first time in Texas.
In research sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Henderson, who is earning a master’s degree, has been studying ground spider diversity, distribution and abundance in the 515-acre Lick Creek Park south of College Station.
She has caught 1,000 specimens in 111 species over two years. The most common were several species of wolf spiders, she said.
A total of 989 species of spiders have been identified in Texas; 280 of these are found in Brazos County.
Dr. Marvin Harris, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station entomologist and chair of Henderson’s master’s committee, began working with her when she was an undergraduate.
“Takesha’s work at Lick Creek Park is expanding our knowledge of this local natural resource and the role such habitats play in nature,” Harris said.
The City of College Station has a long-term commitment to inventory the park, which has diverse plant and animal populations, for changes in habitat, she said.
The park has areas for hiking, bird watching and horseback riding, and is one of the areas that has Navasota Ladies’-Tresses, an endangered orchid.
More information on the park can be found here.
East African jumping spiders eat malaria mosquitoes.