I know, I know… it’s been too long since the last SPIDERDAY post! The end of term proved busy, but I’m trying to get back on track. So: here are some of the best arachnid-themed stories of the past couple of months. I hope you enjoy all the eight-legged greatness! Let’s start things off with a beautiful photo:
SPIDERDAY is finally back – it’s been a few weeks, but the end of the term has been hectic. However, it’s time to catch up on some great Arachnid-themed links from the last little while.
This will also be my last post of 2015, so I’ll also take this opportunity to THANK YOU for reading and commenting on this blog. I also wish everyone a Happy Holidays! Arthropod Ecology will certainly keep on truckin’ in 2016.
- Here’s a post on an often-overlooked family of spiders: The Oecobiidae, aka “star-legged spiders”
- Colour shifts in spiders. Fascinating biology!
- Cobwebs and their genetic secrets: this research is quite exciting, and has many potential applications in the future.
- The faces of Peruvian Amazon spider families. Photos are breathtaking, and you get to see great variation in form and function, too.
- Multi-modal communication in peacock spiders.
- Speaking of jumping spiders: what a resource! 27,000 images of Salticidae
- A phylogenetic classification for the Salticidae: an important paper
- This is outstanding: a very old book has a very old spider squashed between its pages (and you can tell the species, too)
- From back in November, how spider personalities affect pest control.
- Blue tarantulas. That is all.
- An interesting looking paper on mercury accumulation in arthropods, including spiders.
- Big spider webs. Yup, they sure are big. Super-big.
- Discover your inner Arachnid: what spider are you?
- Hunting Britain’s largest spiders
- To kill a wolf spider: the natural history of wasp and their spider prey.
- On that theme, here’s an interesting video... perhaps a bit gruesome
Collectors cards, Arachnid style.
Arachnids: cool, amazing animals with lots of legs and lots of fascinating biology. SPIDERDAY brings you the best arachnid links from the past week. Here’s your 17th edition:
After a busy summer, and a lot of time away, I’m pleased to start up Spiderday again. Here are some arachnid-themed links pulled from the web over the past couple of weeks.
Here’s a nice looking spider – it’s a Selenops. There is exciting new research about these critters! (photo by Sean McCann)
I’m delighted to bring you the twelfth instalment of SPIDERDAY! All your arachnid links, at your fingertips!
Please note: I’m going to be away (vacation time…) for part of August – your next Spiderday will likely be on 22 August. Hope you can wait that long!
Here’s your ninth edition of SPIDERDAY! Some arachnid-related links from the past week.
Please note: I’m just heaving off to the Yukon for a couple of weeks of remote field work (it will involve arachnids!). Spiderday will likely return on 18 July.
Wow – this is a Thomisidae (crab spider) that’s an ant-mimic. In Australia, of course. Photo by Alex Wild.
- Scorpions, anyone? How about GIANT ones. An amazing post with stunning images that you just won’t believe!
- Some very handsome Opiliones (Harvestmen, or daddy-longlegs)
- This is from a while ago, but worth another read. The fastest land animal (scaled to relative body size) is… a MITE!
- Tips for tick safety. Worth a look.
- Here’s a great technique that arachnophiles are sure to use!
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 hug.
A jumping spider found for the first time in Canada: Myrmarachne formicaria (photo by V. Levesque-Beaudin, reproduced here with permission)
Welcome to spiderday. THE place to get all the stories about arachnids, from the past week. And boy oh boy it was a good week!
Let’s get started:
A spider from Singapore: it vibrates its web at high speed if it’s threatened. Wow. Photo by Chthoniid, reproduced here with permission.
A spider of sorts.
A mitey good pun.
Here it is… the sixth installment of SPIDERDAY! I scoured the “web”, and found you all the arachnological links from last week:
Not a spider, but an Opiliones (Harvestmen, or Daddy Long Legs). Photo by Nash Turley.
- The “Big Bad Spider“: a wonderful post about why spiders might so often be featured (in art, books, culture) as monsters and villains.
- A spider’s egg sac does not always produce spiders.
- Always great to see more species of spiders described: in this case, some arachnids from Australia, including lovely Mygalomorphs.
- More on mygalomophs: this paper shows a radiation of cryptic, endemic species in California.
- Catherine Scott takes on the crusade of convincing people the spiders they are worried about are NOT brown recluse spiders. Good for you, Catherine!
- On the “Stylish Academic”, a Q & A with Arachnologist Michelle Reeve
- Spider book update: help decide what common species should show up in an upcoming book about North American spiders.
- Fortuitously, last Saturday was #SpiderSaturday. That’s awesome.
- No, Daniel, these are not freckles:
Hey Hey, it’s SPIDERDAY again! The day of the week in which you can find some links about wonderful Arachnids, from last week. (you can check out past editions here).
Here’s a stunning jumping spider: Habronattus americanus (by Sean McCann)
Some spidery links:
The other Arachnids:
Ticks: you should watch out for these. Photo by Alex Wild.
To finish, check out this Tweet: yes, folks, spiders eat spiders.
Thanks for following along! Keep me apprised of neat Arachnid stories, and I’ll include them in next week’s Spiderday.
© C.M. Buddle (2015)