These are truly fascinating spiders which I've devoted many hours of research and field work trying to find them. My brother, Mike, Billy Boothe and I spent several days in Torreya State Park looking for the Torreya Trapdoor Spider, Cyclocosmia torreya, without any luck. The Torreya Trapdoor is a sculptured trapdoor spider with a flattened and ridged abdomen that looks like an Aztec sundial. I can hardly wait for my next visit to Torreya State Park. Persistence will eventually pay off and I'll get my photo. The male Ummidia sp., pictured to the right was found in St. Augustine. The female Ummidia sp., pictured below was photographed in Torreya State Park.
Florida Backyard Spiders
Trapdoor Spiders (Family Ctenizidae and Cyrtaucheniidae)