Back from a long hiatus… with lots of spider news!

Sorry for the long wait, but hopefully you all are ready to learn more about spiders! While I haven’t been posting about spiders, I have been learning a TON about them, and have lots of fun things to talk about, now that I know so much more about arachnids.

To start, here are just a few of my favorite spider-related studies that have been published during the last seven months… enjoy!

Spider silk may be ready for commercial production

Hormiga & Griswold published this great review of the evolution and systematics of orb-weavers – PDF: AnnuRevEntoOrbweaving2014

Velvet spider genome + draft of Tarantula genome published in Nature!  PDF: SpiderGenomesNature2014

Jonathan Pruitt’s social spider research gained a bit of coverage  in the NYT. PDF: SocialNicheConstructionProcB2014

As did this cart-wheeling spider. 🙂

I’ll be discussing some of these studies further in the near future, as well as talking about an arachnology course I took in Costa Rica, and my own research, so keep checking back for new posts!