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.
- 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!
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 jumping spider found for the first time in Canada: Myrmarachne formicaria (photo by V. Levesque-Beaudin, reproduced here with permission)
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. Photo by Chthoniid, reproduced here with permission.
A spider of sorts.
A mitey good pun.
Here it is… the sixth installment of SPIDERDAY! I scoured the “web”, and found you all the arachnological links from last week:
Not a spider, but an Opiliones (Harvestmen, or Daddy Long Legs). Photo by Nash Turley.
- The “Big Bad Spider“: a wonderful post about why spiders might so often be featured (in art, books, culture) as monsters and villains.
- A spider’s egg sac does not always produce spiders.
- Always great to see more species of spiders described: in this case, some arachnids from Australia, including lovely Mygalomorphs.
- More on mygalomophs: this paper shows a radiation of cryptic, endemic species in California.
- Catherine Scott takes on the crusade of convincing people the spiders they are worried about are NOT brown recluse spiders. Good for you, Catherine!
- On the “Stylish Academic”, a Q & A with Arachnologist Michelle Reeve
- Spider book update: help decide what common species should show up in an upcoming book about North American spiders.
- Fortuitously, last Saturday was #SpiderSaturday. That’s awesome.
- No, Daniel, these are not freckles:
Hey Hey, it’s SPIDERDAY again! The day of the week in which you can find some links about wonderful Arachnids, from last week. (you can check out past editions here).
Here’s a stunning jumping spider: Habronattus americanus (by Sean McCann)
Some spidery links:
The other Arachnids:
Ticks: you should watch out for these. Photo by Alex Wild.
To finish, check out this Tweet: yes, folks, spiders eat spiders.
Thanks for following along! Keep me apprised of neat Arachnid stories, and I’ll include them in next week’s Spiderday.
© C.M. Buddle (2015)
Welcome to the second edition of Spiderday! (here’s the first one): a weekly round-up of neat stories about Arachnids.
First up, an amazing shot of fishing spider, from Nash Turley!
A Pisauridae spider, photo by Nash Turley (reproduced here with permission)
Here are some links I stumbled across this week:
I have decided to start a new, weekly feature* on my blog titled “SPIDERDAY!”. This will, fittingly, come on Saturday, and will be a bit of a round-up of stories about Arachnids from the previous week. I will include some images, links to neat Arachnid-themed blog posts and scientific papers, and bring other fun news about Arachnida. The pedants may be annoyed with “Spiderday” as a title to capture stories about all of the Arachnida (which includes mites, ticks, scorpions, harvestmen, etc.), but “Arachniday” doesn’t flow quite as nicely.
So, please enjoy, share, and let me know if you come across neat stories about Arachnids, and I will include them in next week’s Spiderday.
A long-jawed orb-web spider (Tetragnatha), by Sean McCann, reproduced here with permission.
Here are some things I pulled from the “web” this past week:
© C.M. Buddle (2015)
*I’m not new to doing ‘regular features’ – I ran Expiscor for many months on this blog, and then did Segments on SciLogs for a while. However, I think an Arachnid-themed regular feature will have more staying power, and is a niche that needs filling, with eight-legged greatness.