I love spiders. They are, without a doubt, the most elegant and amazing creatures. I collect, classify and photograph any and all spiders I can find. I have two spiders as pets. Not tarantulas, wild-caught jumping spiders. (Jumping spiders are my favorite!) I have a female Phidippus audax named Georgina, and a male named George. (The male isn't mature enough to mate yet, one more molt probably.) I love the hunt the most. There are so many different species that it becomes a challenge to find the next new one. (Well, new to me!) Sure, you can find a Pholcus phalangioides (common cellar spider) anywhere, but finding a Latrodectus variolus (northern black widow) is extremely rare. Here is a list of all the species I have photographed/documented: Pholcus phalangioides (Common Cellar Spider) Herpyllus ecclesiasticus (Eastern Parson Spider) Phidippus audax (Bold Jumper) Mimetus puritanus (Pirate Spider) Trachelas tranquillus (Broad-faced Sac Spider) Cheiracanthium mildei (Black-footed Yellow Sac Spider) Cheiracanthium inclusum (Black-footed Yellow Sac Spider [Slight Difference]) Hentzia palmarum (Common Hentz Jumper) Mecaphesa asperata (Northern Crab Spider) Naphrys pulex (Flea Jumper) Sitticus fasciger (Jumping Spider) Sitticus pubescens (Jumping Spider) Araneus guttulatus (Orb-weaver) Parasteatoda tepidariorum (American House Spider) Hibana gracilis (Ghost Spider) Platycryptus undatus (Grey Jumper) Argiope aurantia (Black and Yellow Garden Spider) Tetragnatha versicolor (Long-jawed Orb Weaver) Leucauge venusta (Orchard Orb Weaver) Castianeira longipalpa (Ant-mimic Spider) Amaurobius ferox (Hacklemesh Weaver) Larinioides cornutus (Furrow Orbweaver) Agelenopsis potteri (Grass Spider) Eris militaris (Bronze Jumper) I might have missed a few but you get the idea! This whole winter thing is bumming me out. ~ J. J.