Finally, SPIDERDAY is back! (Sorry about the delay – it’s been a busy term, so I’ve not been able to keep up on the blogging). Here are some Arachnid-themed stories pulled from the web over the past month or so:
Two of my favourite Arachnologists (Sean and Catherine) have been on a great SPIDER TRIP adventure! This is one of the species they stumbled across in Texas. Yes, it’s a brown recluse (photo by S. McCann). Check out more photos from their adventure, here.
It’s that time again! Spiderday – your monthly linkfest of all the best Arachnid stories from the past month. Let’s get started…
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.
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…
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:
Here’s your fifth instalment of SPIDERDAY here on the arthropod ecology blog: all the arachnid links from last week:
Pseudoscorpions ‘catching a ride’ on an insect. Photo by Sean McCann
© C.M. Buddle
Congratulations – you’ve made it through the whole week, and are now ready for SPIDERDAY! Some Arachnological finds from the past week:
First, amazing image of a developing spider:
Yes, they are adorable. (also, Cthulhu)
A quick sketch of what it looks like when a spider “takes off” by ballooning.
© C.M. Buddle (2015)