Field Journal: Humber Bay Shores Park

In early May, jealous of all the UK people posting their Pardosa observations, I headed to Humber Bay Shores Park early one morning to see if our native Ontario wolf spiders were out yet. They were not. However, I did find lots of other arthropods! A couple of second-timers—almost as exciting as first-timers. Continue reading Field Journal: Humber Bay Shores Park

Field Journal: Socially Distant Spidering

We’re starting to get the odd day of genuine nice spring weather—and people are flocking to the outdoors. Many parks are closed and the Martin Goodman Trail is packed. So those in search of a nice out-of-the-way spot need to get a little creative. Continue reading Field Journal: Socially Distant Spidering

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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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: 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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Arachnews: January 27, 2020

In this week’s Arachnews:

  • a surprising discovery about dragline silk
  • how to extract and observe face mites (you don’t need much more than a microscope!)
  • the evolution of aquatic spiders
  • circadian rhythms in spiders and mites
  • as always, new species and geographic records
    …and more!

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Arachnews: January 20, 2020

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!

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