I did it! I held a rose hair! (It was on my hand at one point but decided to chill on my legs lol.
For those who think this isn’t a big deal, it is to me. I’m terrified of spiders, being around tarantulas at work makes me super uncomfortable and my boss was/is willing to help me get over my fear. It took a few times but I finally held a rose haired tarantula! They’re so light, and in a weird way kinda cute.
This is a gorgeous Golden Orb-weaver (genus Nephila, probably Nephila plumipes) I found in the Royal Botanical Garden in Sydney. If you look closely you can see the golden-colored silk that gives it its name. This adult female was almost 3 inches long, making it one of the largest wild spiders I’ve found.
This is Money Spider. It only happens once every trillion years. Reblog and good money will come your way. Either that or Money Spider will sneak into your room and leave tiny money in all your socks, I don’t know.
First trip out. This is a baby Phidippus Regius, just after leaving the sac in search of food, for the first time in it’s life. I took a few of the babies, and gave them some heat and light and let them roam around and accomplish their first few jumps. This is one experiencing its’ first taste of freedom. Barely a speck, these shots are in the 5x life size range.
Prowling the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in California,
evolutionary biologist Chris Hamilton would spend much of his time
examining holes in the ground. He’d keep his eyes peeled for the
telltale signs: a clean circle, lined with a translucent white silk. When he would spot the right burrow, he’d dig out a tarantula. He and his team have found 14 new species, including eight miniature tarantulas.
“The perfect shape for plastering themselves on twigs as they rest through daylight hours. They don’t wrap themselves all
the way around, but it certainly provides excellent camouflage against
birds and the like. One Wrap-around Spider isn’t content with looking
like a mere part of a twig, they have a little turret on their abdomen so they look like a tiny twig all their own“.
Experts once considered cave dwellers to be evolutionary dead ends. Charles Darwin himself wrote of these “wrecks of ancient life,” and “living fossils.” But now we know better. As scientists find new cave species and probe their DNA, we’re learning that this hidden world is as dynamic as the one above ground. Far from being dead zones, caves are evolutionary laboratories.
The cave spider (Trogloraptor marchingtoni), first discovered in the dark zone of a cave in the coastal forests of Oregon, differs from other spiders so much that scientists created a new family to classify it. One feature that sets it apart: unmatched toothed claws at the end of each leg that are likely used for capturing prey.
Male Jumping Spiders Lure Aggressive Females with Peek-a-boo Paddle Game
by Andy Coghlan
Species:Jotus remus Habitat: Trees and leaf debris on a mountain plateau in the Barrington Tops National Park, New South Wales, Australia
Males of a newly discovered species of jumping spider spend hours
waving special paddle-shaped legs at prospective mates, in an effort to
copulate without being attacked – or even eaten.
Mating can potentially cost you your life if you are a male spider. To avoid becoming lunch, Jotus remus plays a game first to tire out hungry females.
It begins when a male positions himself on the other side of a leaf
to a female, and starts sticking a paddle out from underneath and waving
it at her (see gif, above). When the female tries to pounce on what she
thinks is prey, the male darts across to the other side, and repeats
the paddle action…
Found this tiny beautiful spider spinning a small web on an aluminium strip of a derelict greenhouse. These are known as Money Spiders in the UK and are supposed to bring good fortune to anybody who finds one. This spider was only a couple of millimetres across, but I love the striking contrast of it’s bright orange legs on it’s black body, such a delicate creature.