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August 21st, 2010

10:34 am - Toronto Star article with jumping spiders
The newspaper The Toronto Star posted an awesome photo blog today that featured professional macro shots of jumping spiders. Here it is.

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April 8th, 2010

09:00 pm - Mysterious death of Spiderbaby
Ok... so, I'm going to take a shower. I turn on the water.

A second later I see a tiny, delicate looking little spiderling in the water. I grab a comb, put it under the spider, and lift it out. But it's wet, and its legs are all stuck together and it looks like a bit of wet thread.

Thinking it's probably too small to fight surface tension, and that the water around it is still drowning it, I lightly touch the edge of a piece of toilet paper to it to suck up the water.

But to no avail. Spiderbaby is dead.

Now, what I don't get is, why did being under water a few seconds kill spiderbaby? The water hadn't had time to get hot. It wasn't scalded. Did the lack of an internal skeleton make his organ scramble when he was weightless in water? What?

I'm actually curious.

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November 5th, 2009

11:34 pm - Article and really cute pics of jumping spiders

More pics under cut.

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October 22nd, 2009

11:11 am - Largest Web-Spinning Spider Discovered

Largest Web-Spinning Spider Discovered

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March 17th, 2009

12:32 am

Paraplegic Man Walks After Spider Bite
March 16) - A bite from a poisonous spider had a miraculous result for a paraplegic man in California. After nearly 21 years in a wheelchair, he was able to walk again.

David Blancarte had no use of his legs after a motorcycle accident nearly killed him, CBS13.com in Sacramento reported.

Then a bite from a deadly brown recluse spider landed him in the hospital and then in rehab for eight months. There, a nurse noticed a spasm in his leg and ran a test.

"They zapped me and I felt the current," Blancarte told CBS13. "I yelled."

Less than a week later, he was walking again for the first time in 20 years. The nurse said his nerves had been asleep.
"It's a beautiful feeling that I have again," he said.

It doesn't say anything about how this ocurred, or whether or not this is a coincidence.  However, the potential link is pretty interesting.  Hopefully there will be more details later on.  Yay for spiders! :)


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February 10th, 2009

04:41 pm - giant mechanical spider
I thought folks might appreciate this lovely...
I'd drive it to work, except I'd need a team of minions to do so. I could park it on the roof!

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December 29th, 2008

12:54 pm - spider evolution!
This seems to be some further analysis of the earlies known spider fossils; apparently attercopous could produce silk, but not spin webs (although, I'd been under the impression that this was always the prevalent opinion, especially given that there were no flying insects at that time, and so no reason to spin webs. Plenty of modern spiders don't build webs though, so it's easy to picture these guys living as wandering predators, with a dragline of silk, or maybe lining burrows with it.

Anyway; it's a coolness that makes me wish I was still doing spider silk evolution. As I read papers that only further convince me that all immunologists should be shot for creating an absolutely hopeless nomenclature system. Zoology is so much better organised.
Current Mood: crankycranky

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November 25th, 2008

10:11 am - Question: Can Funnel Spiders 'winter' themselves?
Hi all... I have a Funnel Spider that lived outside our front door all summer. Well, about a month ago, she spun a really dense ball - it looks like a rectangular cotton ball - the kind of cotton you see in medicine bottles. It's about 3 inches long. It's located at the top part, where the side of the house meets the bottom side of the roof. A couple of weeks ago, I saw her peeping out of the cotton out of a tiny hole that was in the 'cotton ball' Now, the hole has been sealed up. It's cold here in Cleveland - in the 20's right now.

I'm not sure what a Funnel Spider's nest looks like. But since I saw her a couple week ago, peeking out from the tiny hole in the 'cotton ball', I'm wondering if she's 'hibernating' for the winter. As I said, the cotton ball is all sealed up right now.

Any information would be helpful. I would take a picture of it, but basically the description might be good enough. It looks like a dense cotton ball - rectangular and about 3 inches long.

Thanks in advance!

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October 25th, 2008

09:14 pm
Is this some kind of ant-mimic spider? Found in the mountains of North Carolina.

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October 5th, 2008

09:17 pm - I'm invisible, can you see me?
I found this cute little thomisid on a flower, near Mt. Ranier in WA state. Reminds me of the photos in kids nature magazines, where you have to spot the camoflauged animal in it's background.

Current Mood: amusedamused

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