In this month’s Arachnews:
- 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.
My regular roundup of arachnid-related art, news, and science is up at Arachnofiles! In this month’s Arachnews:
- new ZeFrank!
- quality photos, memes, and merch
- educational articles about spider silk, Spider Season, and more
- arachnid relationships with parasitic wasps, ants, and fungus
- new Portia personality paper
- new trade protections—and expanded range—for Poecilotheria, the popular tarantula genus also known as “pokies”
And lots more! Go, read, “clap”, etc.
This past month was very busy, as I have been making up for all the work I missed recovering from surgery. So this Arachnews is rather late. But, tons of great stuff! In this month’s edition: rainbow-faced spiders, the results of the Great Black Widow Race, the goods on that “climate change making spiders more aggressive” story, a scorpion-inspired pressure sensor, a new Portia paper, and more.
I’ve also changed the formatting up a bit. Links to the original papers are now posted at the end of each item, accompanied by Sci-Hub links unless they’re open access (marked with a 🔓️).
In this month’s edition of Arachnews: some amazing photography, cute cartoons, seal nasal mites, beetle-riding pseudoscorpions, ethical treatment of spiders, the evolution of sociality, and some beautiful newly described species. Go check it out.
So I’ve joined a new group blog, Arachnofiles! We’re a bunch of spider fans (both arachnologists and amateurs) who are hoping to create some quality stories that go beyond the dreary “creepy-crawly, ugh” angle you see in mainstream media coverage and shed light on current research. You can find the latest Arachnews posts there. And there’s a lot more content, because now we’ve got a group spreadsheet for adding links, and it’s not just one lonely, non-scientist person’s Firefox bookmarks.
I’ll still post updates here when a new post goes up, but if you use Medium, you can also follow Arachnofiles and, uh, engage there. And if you come across any neat spider-related stuff, please send it my way!
Featured image: the newly described jumping spider Uroballus carlei resembles a caterpillar. Credit: Stefan Obenauer, iNaturalist.
There’s satire, cake, molecular phylogeny, and more in this round-up of all things arachnid. This month is very jumping spider-heavy—but can you blame me?!
Continue reading Arachnews: April 2019
Featured image: “silkhenge” spider nest in Tambopata, Peru, by Phil Torres.
This month: new peacock spiders, a new ZeFrank video, some really unique hunting and feeding behaviours observed, tips for spider-hunters, and more. Continue reading Arachnews: March 2019
This month in arachnid news: SpiderCon ’19, tarantula trafficking, horseshoe crab evolution, honeybee mites, newly described species, and more. Continue reading Arachnews: February 2019
Well, I’ve reached the point where people send me spider-related news articles, unprompted. So here’s a roundup of the interesting spider-related news and research that’s come my way this month.
Continue reading Arachnews: January 2019