I’ve just started what I hope will be the one of the last experiments for my PhD, which involves collecting Golden Orb Weavers and transplanting them to new sites.
I love scorpions, and you may have already worked out that I have a soft spot for spiders, so these guys are definitely favorites. Scorpion tailed spiders (genus Arachnura) are one of those great taxa where the name says it all. They come from one of the most common families of spider, the Araneidae which […]
It’s been a little quiet on my blog scene for the last few weeks. It’s field work season (yay!) so I’m spending my time out searching for my golden orb weavers and writing up a paper (stay tuned!).Even though I’m not currently sorting my samples, I wanted to share some more cool little spiders I […]
Lynx spiders come from the family Oxyopidae. As my supervisor likes to say, they are like a cross between jumping spiders and wolf spiders. As you can imagine this makes them very hard to catch! They don’t build a web to catch prey so they have good eye sight (like jumping spiders) for catching insects […]
Theridiidae is a very large family of spiders (Wikipedia tells me there are over 2200 species). One famous example is the Hawiian happy face spider, which is cute AND has an interesting evolutionary history (it is only found in certain locations along the Hawaiian chain of islands). The most obvious Theridiid species from Australia is […]
I can understand why jumping spiders (Family: Salticidae) are often the poster-boys for spider enthusiasts (see Misunderstood Spider), they are so cute and charismatic it’s hard not to love them. They are also the family which Peacock spiders belong to, and if you haven’t heard of them you really need to watch this YouTube […]
Here is another of my favorites, Family Deinopidae, Genus: Deinopsis They are called Net Casting spiders or Ogre spiders. As the first name suggests, they hold a stretch of web between their front legs and throw it at their prey. I’ve spent ages sitting watching them, waiting to see the action, but no luck yet. […]