Sunday, September 7, 2014

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Beautiful Orb Weaver

I was out trimming and tidying yesterday and saw a beautiful orb weaver resting against one of the sage stems. She was there again this evening, so I was able to get a couple of pictures of her on the web as well. One of the things I find fascinating is that, though she is beautiful and brightly colored, she also blends in quite well; if I hadn't been kneeling at just that angle, she'd have just looked like another seed pod and leaf combination.
I have a question about her on bugguide; I'm guessing a Neoscona. Maybe an arabesca? But that's where I *really* stop knowing what to look for. Anyway, she is beautiful.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Creepy-Crawlie Embroidery (link)

The Mary Sue had an article on Catherine Roselle's beautifully creepy embroidery--complete with spiders and (shudder) centipedes. It's amazing. 

Also check here to see her blog and more pics (I've linked to the Insectomanie gallery). The blog is in French, but the pictures will work in any language..

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Bio-Inspired Octopod Robot (which just happens to look a lot like a spider)

Truly the stuff dreams are made of! Or nightmares. Fond as I am of spiders, I'm not sure which: I think it's that single camera eye.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Newly Discovered Giant Tarantula in Sri Lanka

A new tarantula, the Poecilotheria rajaei., has been found and named

The Poecilotheria part is because of the genus, Poecilotheria, or tiger spiders. The "rajaei" part is in honor of a local policeman who helped them in their hunt. (I wonder if he feels honored).

It's big, as in 8 inches (including the legs, which I think one should). How did it stay undiscovered for so long? It's also kind of pretty.

Oh, and lacking old growth forest to live in, it's deciding houses, or at least "old buildings," might make adequate substitutes.

Watch it crawl here.

Both posts on Wired

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Brazilian sky-spiders

Turns out they probably weren't raining from the sky. They were probably a large colony of spiders who were just living in the sky. So somewhere in Brazil, there is a great, big colony of social spiders, maybe Parawixia bistriata, roofing the neighborhood.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Ladybug Mimic Spider (Paraplectana duodecimmaculata)

There is such a thing as a ladybug mimic spider (Paraplectana duodecimmaculata). It's cute, polka-dotted, and EIGHT legged. There's some lovely pictures here at Macro Photography in Singapore, but so far I'm drawing a blank on finding much real information. There's another beautiful one here on thefabweb.com, but not even any information about who took it, where or why. Most frustrating! Anyone got any further links and legends to suggest? I've found bits n pieces saying it looks like a ladybug so that it looks like it tastes as bad as a ladybug, but nothing on where it lives or what it eats itself or anything like that. I'm sort of guessing that it *might* just live in Singapore, but past that, nothing! (Ok, this, but all that is an acknowledgement that such a creature exists, not a life history. Anyway, all fusses aside, I'm going to go to sleep happy knowing such a creature exists.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Spiders that build Decoys!

Take a look at this Wired article: "Spider That Builds its Own Spider Decoys. There are spiders in the Peruvian Amazon that build fake, decoy spiders in their webs. They're probably a new (to us--not to themselves) species. The decoys look pretty convincing to me, too!