Here is the latest edition of SPIDERDAY! A perfect spot to check out the best ‘web’ links related to Arachnids. It’s sure to catch you…
- The ‘parasite of the day’ blog featured wonderful natural history about parasitoids of web-building spiders, and the parasitized spiders sometimes end up changing how they build their webs. My Read Of The Week
- On the biology and natural history of ant-like spiders in the genus Castianeira
- Brown recluse spider venom: how it works.
- Here is a fascinating paper about what it means to be a ‘specialized’ predator. In this case, the questions focus on blood-feeding jumping spiders. (um, not exactly – how about jumping spiders that show preferences for feeding on blood-fed mosquitoes)
- “American spiders and their spinningwork“. A classic from McCook, from the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
- Widow spiders? They can get around… Here, reported from Tahiti (and some other islands) for the first time.
- Many toy companies have some troubles figuring out where to put legs on spiders. Here’s my drawing to help them out:
- An air quality monitoring station had a guest, and the arachnid messed the readings up. “A spider did it!”
- Taxonomy FTW… eight new Mygalomorph species are described.
- Spiders and the big screen… Predatoroonops – a genus of goblin spiders, all named in honour of characters from the movie Predator.
- Wonderful research on black Widow web reduction… as a podcast. It’s worth a listen.
- Urban gardens, spiders and landscapes: a paper to check out.
- This is from a while ago, but worth a look again: some bizarre and beautiful “primitive” mites. Wow.
- In tick-related news, here is a simply excellent overview of the growing global battle against blood-sucking ticks.
- So, #Junkoff was a bit hit last week. Here’s my favourite: