Date of this Version
1927 by The University of Nebraska Printed in the United States by the University 01 Nebraska Printing Division
Lawrence Bruner, in the early days of his work in Nebraska, made a collection of the spiders that he came upon during his collecting trips in various parts of the state and these specimens were later identified by George Marx, one of the older archaeologists. Marx's list of identifications was sent to Professor Bruner in a letter dated July 26, 1893, but in the years that have passed since that time the specimens themselves have been lost and all that remains is the list as it appears in the letter. This list includes 107 species, of which 8 cannot now be located in catalogues, while of the remaining 99 species several must be considered doubtful as Nebraska species. These spiders are included in the present list for the sake of completeness, but in the case of species concerning which there is any doubt the facts are clearly stated.
Collections of spiders were made by Pickwell in 1921 and 1922, and upon them was based a master's thesis presented to the University of Nebraska in June, 1922. He collected at several localities in southeastern Nebraska, but received material also from Danbury, in the southwest, and from Ainsworth, in the north central part of the state. A collecting trip was made in August and September, 1922, through central Nebraska to the western boundary. Collecting was continued in southeastern Nebraska in August and September, 1923, and also in the same months in 1924. The number of species collected by Pickwell numbered 109, which did not include 43 of those listed by Marx in the Bruner collection. He prepared a paper which was accepted for publication by the University Studies; however, its appearance was delayed by lack of funds. In this paper were included observations on hibernation, period of maturity, habitats, and distribution.