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!

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Things I Learned This Week

What did I learn about spiders this week?

Someone discovered a new species!

This might be one of the most beautiful creatures I have ever seen: The Mirror Spider.

Spiders have enemies too…

Adorable jumping spider… if only there were a way to figure out what it’s thinking.

Came across this interesting study again.

One of many reasons for why it’s important to study spiders.

Another random NASA experiment with spiders: Spiders on Drugs

Have a good weekend!

Things I Learned This Week

Heading to the SF Bay Area this weekend to catch up with family and friends! Here are your spider links for the week:

Another interesting story about Nefertiti, the Spidernaut.

If you’re in the Riverside, CA area (and courageous enough to try to catch a brown widow spider!), you can help with this study.

Fun video of a tarantula on the prowl.

Some spiders use electric charges to trap insects… amazing!

I can’t wait to see a web like this in person one day.

Why do spiders have so many eyes?

Things I Learned This Week

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.