Guess what…. I’m buying a real camera soon! This means that I’ll finally be able to be a real ento-blogger, educating the world about all the cool critters out there 🙂
In the meantime, here are a few pictures I’ve taken over the past year of spiders (and other arachnids) using my current camera (my iPhone). Enjoy!
A jumper on a rainbow eucalyptus in San Jose, Costa Rica
What a beauty!
Hamataliwa! La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica
Eriophora at La Selva Biological Station
A trapdoor spider that wandered into my house in Austin, TX
Scorpion right after its molt!
Another beautiful, Costa Rican lynx spider 🙂
A cutie I found on the road in CR one day.
Oh hello little Harvestman
Spotted scurrying through a Texas wildflower field.
Phidippus from Lake Tawakoni, TX
This Thomisidae was very good at camouflaging herself…
Me and Argiope 🙂 Corcovado, Costa Rica
Cool Costa Rican Salticid
Harvestman showing down
There are a few open access articles, for those who aren’t subscribed. I know what I’ll be reading this weekend 🙂
Link: JoA 41.2
Hope all of my American friends had a lovely holiday yesterday (and for all you Non-Americans, I still hope that you had a nice Thursday!). Here are some awesome spider biology links to help get you through the long weekend. Cheers!
These siblings know how to share their belongings.
Oh good. Male spiders are sometimes cannibalistic as well…
Yet, female spiders still seem to be better off, in most cases.
Yeah, I really wouldn’t want to be a male spider…
NASA is building a spider-like robot called the Spidernaut.
And, at one point there was a live “spidernaut” in the ISS.
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.
Happy Halloween! Will be back next week with more spider biology, but for now, here are a bunch of dogs dressed in spider costumes (and looking pretty unhappy, in my opinion!) 🙂