In this week’s Arachnews: spider/human jam sessions, the European spider of the year, Australian bushfires and the Arthropocalypse, tracking ticks, name changes and newly described species, and more.
In 2020, we’re switching to weekly—because there’s just too much art, writing, news, and scientific research for a measly monthly digest. In this edition:
- funny & educational Twitter threads
- social spider evolution
- how mites and spiders cope with heat
- new recluse spider in Mexico
- new South African widow spider (with purple silk)!
- a glossary of the jargon I used in the article
and more! Read it on Medium.
At the end of 2018, I was burnt out on politics, and I decided to instead write about something I genuinely loved and could change people’s minds about: spiders. I started writing up the various bits of arachnid-related things I come across, calling it “Arachnews”.
In April, Sebastian Alejandro Echeverri asked Spider Twitter who might be interested in a group blog, to provide better coverage of arachnids than the usual “creepy-crawly” stuff you see in the news. I jumped aboard, and we switched from my “random bookmarks of things people send me” system to a spreadsheet of Google Scholar alerts. I had no idea how much stuff was out there, guise. It’s a whole new world. Yes, like the song, but, like, with more spiders.
Here are my 2019 highlights—not just personal favourites, but stuff you’ll see popping up again in years to come. Continue reading The Year In Spiders: 2019
- the usual stunning photos of divers arachnids
- lots of research on ecology, pest control of mites (often with mites), venom, and tick-borne disease
- spiders in the age of the dinosaurs
- intriguing endosymbiont discoveries
- rhino ticks! elephant ticks!
- a bunch of Brachypelma tarantulas have been moved to a new genus, Tliltocatl
- some very cool new finds, like new liphistiid species and ancient troglobitic harvies
Check it out over at Arachnofiles on Medium.
Whoops, forgot to post this after it came out! Anyway, the October edition of Arachnews has lots of stuff:
- award-winning spider portraits
- cute mite faces
- #Arachtober art
- how to extract spider venom
- jumping spiders on caffeine
- EXTREME! 🛹 sexual size dimorphism
Do go check it out, clap, etc.