Arachnews: May 12, 2020

Arachnews is back after a short depression-hiatus! In this week’s roundup of arachnid-related art, news, and science:

  • new drugs derived from spider and scorpion venom
  • some intriguing spider observations on social media
  • an update on that viral tarantula tea party photo
  • how “natural” pesticides affect arachnids
  • new species
    …and more!

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Field journal: March 29, 2020

The pandemic has changed remarkably little about my daily life, aside from not going to coffeeshops. I am just staying inside more. This past Sunday it was finally decent-ish weather and, along with far too many other people, I headed down to the lake.

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Arachnews: March 9, 2020

New issues of Systematic and Applied Acarology, Experimental and Applied Acarology, and Acarologia means lots and lots of mite papers this week. There’s also nematodes, hair- and/or eyebrow-raising medical case studies, pretty spider photos, bacterial endosymbionts, and more.

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Arachnews: March 2, 2020

In this week’s roundup of all things arachnid (mostly spiders this week, though):

  • cool nature photos and videos; egg sacs seem to be a theme
  • debunking the latest viral scare about cork-lid trapdoor spiders
  • research about not-so-parasitic mites, medical uses of venom, and tarantula embryonic development
  • extremely weird new species
    …and more!

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Arachnews: February 24, 2020

The latest Arachnews is up! In this week’s roundup of arachnid photos, art, news, and science:

  • research jobs! upcoming conferences and events!
  • new Zefrank video—and it’s on peacock spiders
  • what to do about mites on your tarantula
  • a wide range of ecology papers (arachnid vs. arachnid, arachnid vs. nature, arachnid vs. self)
  • newly described species, including freaky fossil spiders
    …and more!

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