Category Archives: spiders

A weird tarantula with a honking big horn on its back

So they’ve discovered a tarantula with a very strange “horn” on its back. Reading the paper below, which recounts the discovery (access free; pdf here), one discovers that these “foveal horns” are uniquely large and weird; as the authors say, “no other spider in the world possesses a similar foveal protuberance.” Now other species in […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have another batch of lovely photos from Mark Sturtevant, which of course means insects and other arthropods. His notes are indented: Here is the last batch of photos taken in 2017. The first two pictures are of insects that were attracted to apples in my back yard that had been preyed upon by […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Tony Eales from Brisbane sent us another batch of arthropods. His notes are indented: More of the amazing arthropods of Borneo. Here’s a few more Jumping Spiders [salticids]. Definitely my favourite group. I couldn’t stop taking photos of the charming Harmochirus brachiatus. He struck so many photogenic poses. I finally found a Myrmarachne, this one M. cornuta. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s once again time for me to importune you for wildlife photos. Although I have a comfortable backlog of contributions, I’m getting a wee bit nervous. So if you’re sitting around tomorrow digesting your Thanksgiving meal (if you’re American, that is), or eating your sweetcorn sandwiches (if you’re a Brit), or otherwise have some free […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Mark Sturtevant sent in some photos in response to my plea for wildlife pictures, but I’d lost this earlier contribution of his. Mark’s notes are indented. I have many favorite area parks to take the camera, but nothing is like the Magic Field, which seems to effortlessly harbor numerous species of arthropods that I just […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s time to resume our wildlife photos again; but please send some in. I have a reasonable backlog but it won’t last forever. Today we have a number of “small-scale” nature shots by reader Ken Phelps in British Columbia. The captions are his, and are indented: Dead Arbutus leaves: Slough by Nanaimo River. Shot with […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Mark Sturtevant sent some nice arthropod photos taken this summer. His comments are indented. The first two pictures show very large robber flies that were within feet of each other, and they appear to be the same species. I suspect they are Proctacanthus . The first is a male, and the second, a female, is eating a […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales from Australia sent us a passel of arthropods. His notes are indented. I found another of the Whip Spiders (Ariamnes colubrinus) that I sent in recently. This one shows how their elongated bodies provide great camouflage. Here’s a photo of the species from Wikipedia showing its body separate from the legs: I […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I came to work at 5 a.m. to check on Phoebe and give her some food, and found these photos just sent by reader Tony Eales from Australia. Although I wasn’t going to do a wildlife post today, this is short, sweet, and interesting. Tony’s notes are indented. I came across what turned out to […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales from Australia sends some camouflaged beasties and a brightly colored spider. His notes are indented. Some camouflage. A Brisbane Two-tailed Spider, Tamopsis brisbanensis, on a mangrove tree trunk. These are very hard to spot. They have a leg span of around 3 or 4 cm. I believe the one in the photograph has some […]