Studying entomology can be a fun way to plan for a career. Many people are driven to the discipline of entomology because the idea of searching for undocumented and exotic bugs in the wild appeals to many aspiring academics. Even if you are not an entomologist there is nothing stopping you from buying an insect manual in order to hunt for undocumented insects properly. Recently a new spider was discovered, and the location of the mystery spider was certainly not a secluded region of the world.
Last month Cody Raiza travleled to Laguna Coast Wilderness Park in order to locate a rare type of jumping spider, the Habronattus. Cody became interested in these bright orange jumping spiders while studying as an undergrad. She ended up taking the advice of one of her professorz and drove out to the Laguna Coast, a supposed hotspot for Habronattus.
While Cody was attentively walking the trails at the wilderness park, she began to notice something scurrying within a pile of leaves. A few seconds later the creatures revealed themselves to be Habronattus. They were bright orange spiders that looked unlike any spider you had ever seen. Since she did not have the capabilities to properly identify the spider while out in the field, Cody had two spider experts analyze the remains. After struggling to have the strange looking spider identified, Cody eventually managed to contact a renowned, but retired entomologist, David Richman. Richman studied the bizarre spider for a moment, and quickly came to the conclusion that the spider that Cody had brought in had yet to be described in literature. Richman thinks that the spider looks like an ant because this spider must have used similar bodily features in order to fend off predators. No name on what this type of Habronattus is going to be named yet.
What is the rarest or most exotic type of insect or spider that you have ever seen?