By Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Spider lovers from around the world will descend on Mitchell next week for an annual conference on all things arachnid.

Dakota Wesleyan University is hosting the 39th annual meeting of the American Arachnological Society.

The meeting changes venues each year and four years ago Brian Patrick, an assistant professor of biology at Dakota Wesleyan, offered up the college as the host site for this year’s gathering.

Patrick says he plans to take the conference attendees to the wetlands and prairies of South Dakota to collect samples. He says there will also be 32 speakers at the conference that will cover topics ranging from ecology to web and silk mechanics.

The meeting begins Friday. There are 77 people coming from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan and the Czech Republic.

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