“Memoirs of a Teenage Recluse”

I’ve had this shot in my head for a long time. It was such a treat to finally be able to work with some of these lovely spiders. I have much respect for them and what their venom is capable of, but they are also shy and docile, preferring to run rather than bite. I feel that they are one of the most misunderstood animals out there, and for that alone, they have my heart. 

Loxosceles reclusa, the Brown Recluse. Nature’s Scapegoat. 

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Millions of baby spiders have rained down on rural Australia

NOPE.

by Fiona MacDonald

Residents in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales in Australia took to social media earlier this month with claims that their region had been “taken over” by millions of baby spiders falling from the sky.

It sounds like something plucked right out of my nightmares, but scientists have verified that this spider rain is not only entirely possible, it’s also not that uncommon…

What he was seeing could be caused by two spider migration techniques, naturalist Martyn Robinson from the Australian Museum told Ting. The first is called ballooning, wherein baby spiders climb to a high point and release their silk, which catches on the breeze to carry them away…

(read more: Science Alert)

photos: Daniel Munoz/Reuters and Keith Basterfield via Fairfax Rural