It’s been a couple of weeks, but nevertheless, here is another edition of SPIDERDAY! All the best Arachnid-themed links, pulled from the web in the last little while.
- Myth-busting time: do we really swallow spiders when we sleep? (spoiler: NO)
- Yay! Rod Crawford’s “Spider Myth” page has been revamped.
- Origami spiders. That is all.
- Talk about an overreaction: an “infestation” of false widow spiders force school closures in the UK. Sigh.
- A video about how spider webs could inspire sticker glues.
- Undergraduate students in my field biology class wrote a blog post about spiders.
- Ant-mimicking jumping spiders are too amazing for words, so here’s a photo:
- Wasps that parasitize spider eggs. Yup, it happens all the time.
- Catch that prey – Do it! Do it! A GIF that says it all.
- For those keen on spider taxonomy, here’s a paper about rethinking a family placement for a spider species. I love this line from the paper “We came across a jar…”
- A preprint that is of significant interest to many: Spider phylogenomics: untangling the spider tree of life.
- A spider-themed sculpture makes a new record at auction. That’s something I could not afford!
- I simply adore this Arachnid-themed comic! Gotta love pseudoscorpions.
- Speaking of pseudoscorpions, here’s a story about some that hitch rides on bats. That’s incredible natural history! This is my Read Of The Week.
- A wonderful story about an Opiliones (
HarvestmenHarvestperson) with a very suitable name (hint: think about the secretive cave-dwelling character in the Lord of the Rings)
- Terrific photo of an oribatid mite.
- Here’s an amazing 3D drawing of a spider (and how to do it). Wow.