It’s been a few weeks since the last SPIDERDAY (sorry…). Here’s another edition of this feature, with links to some of my favourite stories about Arachnids. It was easy to pull this together this month, since it’s Arachtober.
- Here is a post that gives a nice history of Arachtober, and to further celebrate, here’s a wonderful gallery of beautiful spiders.
- Speaking of gorgeous spiders… check these out. They are: Epicadus heterogaster
- Spiders in your bananas? Don’t panic. Stay calm. This is my read of the week.
- Found a venomous spider in Australia? There’s a drop-off centre for that.
- Africa Gomez has been *very* busy this month, doing new spider posts every day. For example, check out this lovely post about pirate spiders. Arrrrrrrrr!!!
- Um, why did the Tarantula cross the road?
- Worried that a wood-louse hunter might bite you? It might take a while for that to happen, even when you try really, really hard.
- Ever wonder what a spider collection looks like at a research collection? Here you go:
- A GIF of a funnel-web spider strike.
- For the taxonomists among us: Here is a revised and dated phylogeny of cobweb spiders.
- Nature’s spectacular patterns, spider style.
- More stunning photos from Nicky Bay: this time it’s Peruvian ‘roly-poly’ orbweavers
- Extreme cephalothorax modifications in Linyphiid spiders (genus Walkenaeria)
- Added to the life list: I got to travel to Arkansas earlier in the month, and we able to see a spider I’ve never seen before, Ctenus exlineae:
- Like mites? You might really, really like this post about Brazilian feather-mites.
- Boom: new Mite family in New Zealand.
- Solifugids sometimes have a bad reputation. However, they can be cuddly teddy bears of the desert.
- Here’s another post about these incredible Arachnids… “death wrapped in mystery”
- Arachnids fight it out: the secretions from the Opiliones (Harvest
menpersons) aren’t enough against scorpion, this paper shows.
- Yes, you will notice I wrote Harvestpersons. Here’s what happens when you poke Harvestpersons, and why we should call them Harvestpersons.
- tap-tap-tap. Here’s a neat little short film showing some courtship with Araneus diadematus:
- I love this video: Spiders… the first web developers: