"Spiders are everywhere including in your yard, on your house, and occasionally in your house," the Missouri Department of Conservation says.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is holding a Meet Your Spiders online program. 

The WebEx event will include live interactive Q&A opportunities with presenter David Bruns, MDC Conservation Educator and spider enthusiast. The free virtual program is open to all ages and will help attendees recognize common types of spiders that can be encountered close to home. 

Some spiders weave elaborate webs to ensnare their prey. Others capture prey by ambush or actively hunting without the use of a web. Well over 400 species of spiders have been documented in Missouri.

“I have been surprised at the diversity of spiders I have encountered around my home once I started paying attention,” Bruns said. “Fortunately, the vast majority of these are considered harmless to humans.”

Bruns has been studying and photo-documenting spider diversity in Missouri as a hobby since 2016 and has contributed photos and articles about spiders to Missouri Conservationist magazine. He will be using his photographs to show how different types of spiders can be recognized. He will also be sharing some skills and techniques for observing and appreciating common types of spiders.

Meet Your Spiders will be from 3-3:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24. Advanced online registration is required for the program at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/Z27.  

Attendees will receive an invitation by email from the MDC Event Management System with a WebEx program link the day before the program.