Spiderday (#23) – Happy Holidays

SPIDERDAY is finally back – it’s been a few weeks, but the end of the term has been hectic. However, it’s time to catch up on some great Arachnid-themed links from the last little while.

This will also be my last post of 2015, so I’ll also take this opportunity to THANK YOU for reading and commenting on this blog. I also wish everyone a Happy Holidays! Arthropod Ecology will certainly keep on truckin’ in 2016.

Here's looking at you... A close up of an Araneidae, from Insects Unlocked.

Here’s looking at you… A close up of an Araneidae, from Insects Unlocked.

Collectors cards, Arachnid style.

Collectors cards, Arachnid style.

Spiderday (#17)

Arachnids: cool, amazing animals with lots of legs and lots of fascinating biology. SPIDERDAY brings you the best arachnid links from the past week. Here’s your 17th edition:

A wonderful shot of a crab spider: part of the brilliant "insects unlocked" project.

A wonderful shot of a crab spider: part of the brilliant “insects unlocked” project.

Spiderday (#13)

After a busy summer, and a lot of time away, I’m pleased to start up Spiderday again. Here are some arachnid-themed links pulled from the web over the past couple of weeks.

Here's a nice looking spider - it's a Selenops. There is exciting new research about these critters! (photo by Sean McCann)

Here’s a nice looking spider – it’s a Selenops. There is exciting new research about these critters! (photo by Sean McCann)

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Spiderday (#12)

I’m delighted to bring you the twelfth instalment of SPIDERDAY! All your arachnid links, at your fingertips!

Please note: I’m going to be away (vacation time…) for part of August – your next Spiderday will likely be on 22 August. Hope you can wait that long!

From Jonathan Kolby, an awesome net-casting spider! Amazing animals.

From Jonathan Kolby, an awesome net-casting spider! Amazing animals.

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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.