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 species rediscovered in the UK, after over 100 years. A wonderful way that using “the web” can help science. My Read Of The Week.
- How do you trap a trap-door spiders? Use a lure, of course. What a great idea!
- We all know spiders as predators… but things eats spiders too. Here’s an overview of when spiders are prey.
- Magic spiders: Here’s some wonderful science about how a spider lures moths by using sexy smells.
- At the Grant Museum the “Specimen of the week” is an Opiliones. Lovely critters – and cousins to the other arachnids.
- On birds, lice, mites and a complicated, wonderful series of natural history notes and questions, from Heather Proctor.
- Burying beetles are well known for carrying passengers. These passengers are mites.
- Speaking of mites as passengers, here’s a paper that shows “Flies that are burdened by mites are expected to exhibit lower flight endurance compared to uninfected flies.” Yes… flies carry mites too.
- The world checklist of Quill Mites. Awesome.
- Here’s what tick eggs REALLY look like.
- Here’s a video to accompany that last link – the life cycle of sheep tick, observed in laboratory conditions – this is kind of cool and kind of gross all at the same time: