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.
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
The latest edition of Arachnews is short, sweet, and only a little gruesome. In this week’s roundup of arachnid art, news, and science:
- spider valentines
- a wonderful intro to social spiders
- prey-attracting patterns
- Asian net-casting spiders reclassified
…and (just a little) more!
In this week’s Arachnews:
- #PruittData hits the mainstream media, plus more insight from biologists
- 3D horseshoe crab fossils
- lots of new research on medical applications of scorpion and spider venom
- some absolutely gorgeous tarantulas
- a truly bonkers paper on spider husbandry
In this week’s Arachnews:
- a roundup of #PruittData news
- Sydney funnel-web season in Australia
- jumping spiders in eyeliner
- the secret to capturing moths with spider silk
- new species named after mathematician Cedric Villani; Gollum; Mithra; and the Gullah and Amazigh people
This week’s Arachnews is a shorter one, as I’m catching up on a backlog of papers to sort. In this edition: charismatic Habronattus jumping spiders, the return of Silkhenge, fallout of the Australian bushfires, the latest volley in the are-horseshoe-crabs-arachnids debate, and more!
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.