Category Archives: spiders

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s photos, including a plant and many arthropods, come from regular contributor Tony Eales, who lives in Queensland. His notes are indented: I’m sending a grab bag of some interesting things I’ve photographed lately. When I was in Western Australia recently I found this beautiful sundew known as the Red-ink Sundew, Drosera erythrorhiza. I’m a big […]

A remarkable case of mimicry: Jumping spider imitates caterpillar

Tony Eales, who provided this morning’s mushroom photos, called my attention to this paper in the Israel Journal of Entomology, describing a remarkable case of mimicry seen in a newly described species of salticid (jumping spider). Click on the screenshot below to see the paper, or you can download the pdf here. It’s remarkable because, […]

True facts about the Bolas spider

ZeFrank1 has a new video with his trademark combination of fact and snark. The Bolas spiders are groups of orb weavers that has an amazing way of hunting, but I’ll let you see it in this short video, which is biologically accurate. There’s not only fantastic hunting behavior, but some amazing bird-feces mimicry.

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Nilou visited the Kaena Point Natural Area Reserve to see the breeding Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), which I also saw when I was in Oahu. Here are three pictures of these gorgeous beasts in situ. A downy chick inspected by adults: Reader Kevin Elskin sent some photos from Arkansas; his notes are indented: First, […]

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 […]