Spiderday (#11)

Here are your latest Arachnid-links… SPIDERDAY is here!

Some great jumping spider photos from Daniel, taken with a magnifying glass and a phone. Impressive!

Lyssomanes species, from Daniel Llavaneras, reproduced here with permission.

Lyssomanes species, from Daniel Llavaneras, reproduced here with permission.

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Spiderday (#10)

Spiderday is back! I was away for a little while, but am happy to bring you some arachnid stories pulled from the web over the last little while.

But first, do check out photos from Colin Hutton:

A tailless whip scorpion, by Colin Hutton (reproduced here with permission)

A tailless whip scorpion, by Colin Hutton (reproduced here with permission)

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Spiderday (the ninth)

Here’s your ninth edition of SPIDERDAY! Some arachnid-related links from the past week.

Please note: I’m just heaving off to the Yukon for a couple of weeks of remote field work (it will involve arachnids!). Spiderday will likely return on 18 July.

Wow - this is a Thomisidae (crab spider) that's an ant-mimic. In Australia, of course. Photo by Alex Wild.

Wow – this is a Thomisidae (crab spider) that’s an ant-mimic. In Australia, of course. Photo by Alex Wild.

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  • Scorpions, anyone? How about GIANT ones. An amazing post with stunning images that you just won’t believe!
  • Some very handsome Opiliones (Harvestmen, or daddy-longlegs)
  • This is from a while ago, but worth another read. The fastest land animal (scaled to relative body size) is… a MITE!
  • Tips for tick safety. Worth a look.
  • Here’s a great technique that arachnophiles are sure to use!

Spiderday (the eighth)

Hip Hip Hooray! It’s Spiderday! I’ve snared some of the best arachnidy links from this past week. But first… a big hug for you:

A spider hug.

A spider hug.

A spider found for the first time in Canada: Myrmarachne formicaria (photo by V. Levesque-Beaudin, reproduced here with permission)

A jumping spider found for the first time in Canada: Myrmarachne formicaria (photo by V. Levesque-Beaudin, reproduced here with permission)

Spiderday (the seventh)

Welcome to spiderday. THE place to get all the stories about arachnids, from the past week. And boy oh boy it was a good week!

Let’s get started:

A spider from Singapore: it vibrates its web at high speed if it's threatened. Wow.

A spider from Singapore: it vibrates its web at high speed if it’s threatened. Wow. Photo by Chthoniid, reproduced here with permission.

A spider of sorts.

A spider of sorts.

A mitey good pun.

A mitey good pun.

Spiderday (the sixth)

Here it is… the sixth installment of SPIDERDAY! I scoured the “web”, and found you all the arachnological links from last week:

Opiliones

Not a spider, but an Opiliones (Harvestmen, or Daddy Long Legs). Photo by Nash Turley.

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Spider book update: Help us pick our species!

We’re writing a spider book! Chris Buddle and Roar will soon present a happy volume packed with eight-legged greatness.

Each chapter will highlight a common species: a plain language and scientific overview of the biology and natural history of common spider species of North America. That’s a big task, because of the hundreds of potential candidate species, we’ll only highlight a dozen or so of the most common.

We need your help: Many of you provided valuable feedback on your favorite spidey friends, and we have already spoken to loads of Arachnologists, but we want to know what’s on everybody’s minds (spiderly speaking). See our chapter candidates and let us know if we missed a North American species SO INCREDIBLE IT MUST BE INCLUDED!

Here are the species we are proposing as “main chapters”:

Argiope aurantia (garden spider, or writing spider)Argiope

Oxyopes salticus (the striped lynx spider)

Oxyopes

Neoscona sp. (orb-weavers)

OrbWeb1OrbWeb2

Misumena vatia (goldenrod crab spider)

Misumena

Dolomedes sp. (fishing or dock spiders)

Dolomedes

Salticus scenicus (zebra jumper)

Zebra

Parasteatoda tepidariorum (American house spider)

HouseSpider

Latrodectus sp. (widow spiders)

Widow

Pardosa sp. (thin-legged wolf spiders)

WolfSpider

Cheiracanthum sp. (ceiling spiders)

CeilingSpider

Agelenopsis sp. (funnel-web spiders)

Agelenopsis

Phidippus audax (bold jumping spider)

Phidippus

Frontinella communis (bowl and doily spider)

Frontinella

Sphodros niger (black purse-web spider)

Sphodrus

And our candidates for sidebars:

Mastophora sp. (bolus spiders)

Scytodes thoracica (spitting spider)

Walckenaeria sp. (money spiders, or micro-sheet web spiders)

Dysdera crocata (wood-louse hunter)

Loxosceles reclusa (brown recluse)

Tetragnatha sp. (long-jawed orb weavers)

Tibellus oblongus

Peckhamia sp. or Synemosyna (ant-mimicking jumping spiders)

Herpyllus ecclesiasticus (Parson’s spider)

Trochosa terricola (wolf spider)

Gasterachantha cancriformis (spiny-backed orb weaver)

Pholcus phalangioides (cellar spider)

 

So… what do you think?

Comment here or email us your thoughts, feelings, or weird spider dreams (only if you really want to)! Your spidersenses are valuable to us!

Thanks!
Yours in spidery greatness,

Chris and Roar

 

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