Things I Learned This Week

Well, luckily I got to work in the lab quite a bit this week, because it is heating up a lot down here in Texas (and everywhere else it seems). If you’re stuck inside this weekend, spend some time getting to know the spiders in your house/apartment/etc. Or, go to a pool, and see who’s living in the dirt or grass around you. Either way, here are some fun links about spider biology for your enjoyment. Stay cool and have a good weekend!

Did you know that some spiders go fishing for their dinner? (If you haven’t watched it before, the whole Life in the Undergrowth series is amazing. Can we really expect anything less from David Attenborough? Honestly, though, I never thought I would find slug mating to be so beautiful and majestic, but this video completely changed my mind.)

How did I not see this earlier? So cool. (Also, this is a classic, though some dispute the ethics of it all).

This viral video.

At least there is some old, but good news for those with arachnophobia.

These newly discovered species are absolutely adorable.

And for your non-araneae arachnid news:

Some food for thought.

If you are worried about ticks, here is a great guide that everyone should read.

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