It’s often the new or unique that stand out to us. Paired with its red head and odd shape, that was certainly the case for this spider. I found it while digging in the familiar territory of my yard garden recently and, as soon as it turned up, I knew it was something I hadn’t seen before.
The photo is a bit blurry but not for lack of trying to get a clearer one. Found at or perhaps even below the ground level while moving compost, the spider seemed very determined to get back there. Though not speedy, it seemed oblivious to my efforts to slow him (or her) down and turn it around for a clearer shot. Also it had a talent for tucking itself up into tight places to hide. By the time I could check my phone to see if I had gotten a good shot, it was gone.
Have you seen one like it before? Can you identify it?
If so, toss your answer into the comment thread or email me if you prefer. We’ll update the post later in the week with the best guess — you’d actually need a specimen for more accuracy than that — of Rod Crawford, the Curator of Arachnids at the Burke Museum.