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1.) Tiny Atlantic horseshoe crab larvae, known as the trilobite larvae, twirling in their aquarium-like egg shells. Soon they will break free to begin a short pelagic period, after which they settle on the bottom of the ocean to begin a lifestyle similar to that of their parents.


2.) The mass spawning of the Atlantic horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus).

Text and photos by Piotr Naskrecki (via The Smaller Majority)

The goliath bird eater spider has been making the news recently, after the appearance of a “puppy-sized” specimen surprised a scientist out for a nighttime walk in a Guyanese rainforest. Said the scientist Piotr Naskrecki, “When I turned on the light, I couldn’t quite understand what I was seeing.”

What he found was the goliath bird eater (Theraphosa stirmi), one of the biggest spiders in the world, and one of the stars of the American Museum of Natural History’s Spiders Alive! exhibition.

Learn all about the impressive goliath bird eater

Hugeass Spider Found Loitering Around the Woods, Proof That Your Nightmare is Real

Imagine going for a nice walk in the middle of a rain forest and coming across a spider the size of an average puppy in the dark. That’s exactly what happened to Piotr Naskrecki, entomologist and photographer at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.

According to Naskrecki, he was out for a nighttime walk in a forest in Guyana when he heard rustling leaves nearby, like something was creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, Naskrecki was expecting a rat or a possum.

But horrors of horrors. He came face to face with this sucker:

According to Naskrecki, at first, he had no idea what he was looking. But as soon as his eyes adjusted to the light, he realized the creature staring back at him is no cute possum, it’s a furry spider the size of a puppy.

The creature is a colossal arachnid aptly called the South American Goliath Birdeater aka Theraphosa blondi. It’s only the world’s largest arachnid. Naskrecki writes on his blog, one South American Goliath Birdeater reached up to a foot in length or about the size of a child’s forearm and a body the size of a large fist.

Apart from the imposing girth and its prickly defense, the South American Goliath Birdeater also has two inches long fangs and a venomous bite. The venom is not deadly to humans though, that should bring you some comfort tonight.

And despite its name, the South American Goliath Birdeater doesn’t really eat birds but they do kill small mammals like bats and frogs. The spider is pretty aggressive and will “attack anything they encounter,” adds Naskrecki.

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A Field Biologist's Vision of Heaven and Hell

A Field Biologist’s Vision of Heaven and Hell

A female P. reimeri cleaning her foot. (Photo: Piotr Naskrecki)

The great field biologist Piotr Naskrecki has posted this item on his TheSmallerMajority blog:

Ever since I can remember I have been having a recurring nightmare: I am in some incredible location – usually somewhere in the tropics, there are amazing insects everywhere, often those that I have been dying to find, but I need to leave…

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What’s The Scariest Animal? Probably This Spider…

Meet the Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi), a “puppy-sized” spider that lives up to its name, and then some. Harvard entomologist Piotr Naskrecki was walking through a Guyana rainforest at night when he found a particularly large Goliath birdeater, and took a photo. It also has a “cute” behavior that may actually temporarily blind you. Is it the scariest animal in nature though? Maybe, maybe not… Kim Horcher, Tim Frisch, and Andy Riesmeyer discuss.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/goliath-encounter-puppy-sized-spider-surprises-scientist-rainforest-125720953.html

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Goliath Encounter: Puppy-Sized Spider Surprises Scientist in Rainforest

Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat.

"When I turned on the light, I couldn’t quite understand what I was seeing," said Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.

A moment later, he realized he was looking not at a brown, furry mammal, but an enormous, puppy-size spider.

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Goliath Birdeater: Images of a Colossal Spider

PUPPY-SIZED SPIDER

Harvard Etymologist Piotr Naskrecki recently posted on his blog about an encounter in Guyana’s rainforest with a South American Goliath birdeater, a spider so large it’s the size of a small dog or puppy.

According to Naskreski, “Their leg span approaches 30 cm (nearly a foot) and they weigh up to 170 g.”

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 ”Pretty much harmless to humans,” but for anyone with a slight affliction of arachnophobia, this spider is definitely going to leave many spider fear-mongerers feeling restless at home. For those feeling anxious though after viewing this mighty Goliath birdeater in all its hairy, hissing, eight-legged glory, keep in mind that this spider actually make sounds as it moves, so it would likely wake you before sinking its fangs into you during your sleep. 

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This spider will haunt your dreams.

Scientist Discovers A Spider So Big It Can Kill ‘Small Mammals,’ But It Gets Worse

Scientist Discovers A Spider So Big It Can Kill ‘Small Mammals,’ But It Gets Worse

Most people would agree that spiders are creepy little critters and don’t want the eight-legged arachnids anywhere near them. What if you came across one as large as a puppy?

That’s exactly what happened to scientist Piotr Naskrecki while wandering through the rainforests in Guyana, according to LiveScience. Naskrecki was out for a stroll when he thought he heard a small mammal scurrying about…

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Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat.

Update (19 Oct. 14): Thank you all for your comments and sharing this post which, as of this writing, is the 14th most shared story in the world!

Piotr Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, has some SERIOUSLY AMAZING pictures of his encounter with the Goliath birdeater spider in Guyana and Suriname.  seananmcguire , if you haven’t seen this story yet, you should have a look.

Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat.

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“‘When I turned on the light, I couldn’t quite understand what I was seeing,” said Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology”

"When Naskrecki approached the imposing creature in the rainforest, it would rub its hind legs against its abdomen. At first, the scientist thought the behavior was "cute," he said, but then he realized the spider was sending out a cloud of hairs with microscopic barbs on them. When these hairs get in the eyes or other mucous membranes, they are "extremely painful and itchy," and can stay there for days, he said."

“‘Known as the South American Goliath birdeater (Theraphosa blondi), the colossal arachnid is the world’s largest spider, according to Guinness World Records. Its leg span can reach up to a foot (30 centimeters), or about the size of ‘a child’s forearm,’ with a body the size of ‘a large fist,’ Naskrecki told Live Science. And the spider can weigh more than 6 oz. (170 grams)”

Motherfuckers thought this shit was cute??

"But its prickly hairs aren’t the birdeater’s only line of defense; it also sports a pair of 2-inch-long (5 centimeters) fangs. Although the spider’s bite is venomous, it’s not deadly to humans. But it would still be extremely painful, ‘like driving a nail through your hand,’ Naskrecki said.”

OMG

"Yet despite all that, the spider doesn’t pose a threat to humans. Even if it bites you, “a chicken can probably do more damage,” Naskrecki said.”

NAWWWW I don’t believe that shit

"Despite its name, the birdeater doesn’t usually eat birds, although it is certainly capable of killing small mammals. ‘They will essentially attack anything that they encounter,’ Naskrecki said.”

Believe that though

"Birdeaters are not very common spiders. ‘I’ve been working in the tropics in South America for many, many years, and in the last 10 to 15 years, I only ran across the spider three times,’ Naskrecki."

Go to bed, and wake up, at 5 AM, to this shit being on my homepage news?

Hello nope; I’m going back to bed. Ignorance is bliss. I hate spiders, and this is some Hagrid-Aragog shit; there has to be a cavern of these things somewhere.

I see a wolfspider, or even a daddy-long-leg, or a tiny moth and freak out, and I will run for higher ground.

Apparently a Huntsman-Spider is “more delicate” than this thing, and I was already gonna stay like 500 miles away from Australia- doing nothing but narrowing down the continents I want to visit

Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat.

And before you all go freaking out, this spider isn’t deadly to humans. I mean if it bites you; it will hurt but you won’t die.