Whoop! Three cheers for SPIDERDAY (or would it be more apt to say “eight cheers”?. All the arachnid links from the past week, in one place.
- My Read Of The Week was an easy one – this post on Spider Assassins (Family Archaeidae) contains incredible photos and natural history.
- Good news: the hobo spider is no longer on the ‘venomous animals’ list from the CDC. It’s about time!
- Spiders – a guide for first year students. Say calm, folks, stay calm.
- A crab spider eats a hoverfly. A wasp comes along. See what happens…
- Here is a well-done illustrated guide to nine common spider species (and webs) occuring in households in the UK.
- Spiders on a plane! A roaming tarantula plays havoc with a Delta flight.
- Meet Singapore’s very own spider ambassador.
- In my own home, this week, Shelob met some hobbits (and Gollum too)
- Do you ever freak out when running into a spider web? Here’s a fun little conversation on the topic:
- On the more serious side, the Heartland virus (carried by ticks) may occur across the eastern USA.
- Have a tick and need to remove it? Here’s some info for you.
- Lyme disease update: Ticks carrying the lyme bacterium have been found in parks in south London (UK).
- Ticks get a bad name. On the lighter side of Ticks, there’s the comic-book series to consider…?
- An older finding on fossil Opiliones (Harvestmen) with a second set of eyes.
- There is often a lot of confusion around the common name “Daddy-long-legs” (in the Arachnid sense, this refers to Opiliones [Harvestmen] or sometimes cellar-spiders). Here’s an image that should help:
- Um, but it should be ‘Harvestperson’ not ‘Harvestmen’.