Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Tuck in to a tarantula : "I was enjoying my first spider outside Phnom Pen market when I heard a highly agitated voice behind me: 'Oh my Gaahd, what are yooouu eating?' Turning, I saw an American tourist staring at me with an understandable mixture of revulsion and fascination. Trying to sound casual, I replied: 'Spider - would you like a leg?'"

Monday, September 29, 2003

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Radio-Tagged Tarantulas to Help Track Deforestation"Reichling has embarked on a novel, decades-long project: to map and quantify Belizean forest degradation with the assistance of 50 or more tarantulas surgically implanted with radio transponders. "

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Web site dedicated to the fen raft spider "This site has been established to promote the understanding and conservation of one of Europe's largest, most beautiful but least common species of spider, Dolomedes plantarius."

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Silky doodles may confuse spiders' enemies: Spiders decorate their webs to help them avoid predators - at the cost of catching less food. Many spiders adorn their webs with barely visible silky doodles called stabilimenta, made from the silk they use to wrap prey.
Spiders at Enchanted Learning: spider themed crafts and stuff for kids

Monday, September 22, 2003

Spider silk delivers finest optical fibresDelicate threads of spider's silk are about to solve a major problem in photonics: how to make hollow optical fibres narrow enough to carry light beams around the fastest nanoscale optical circuits.To make the fibres, Yushan Yan and a team of engineers from the University of California at Riverside give the silk thread a glassy coating, and then extract the silk by baking.
The Spider Lady of Yucaipa: An article about WWII pilots who used spider strands for crosshairs and the woman who supplied these strands by harvesting them from black widows.

Saturday, September 20, 2003

Pine Street residents say spider was stolen: An Argiope that brought a community together is missing. Some say stolen, some say the hurricane did it. (nobody thinks spiders can be predated upon or shift sites). The reporter thinks that spiders are insects. ah well.
Creepy Crawlers May Unravel Web Of Interplanetary Mysteriesokay, i admit, these aren't really spiders, but miniature robots, but note how the article states "Like a real spider, this robot has feeler like antennas, which help it detect various obstacles." guy should take a look at a 'real' spider sometime.

Friday, September 19, 2003

Spider in ear for 12 hours : "A woman who is afraid of spiders felt all her worst nightmares had come true - when one crawled inside her ear for 12 hours. " (with picture, but could be photoshopped)

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Spider movie clips and pictures. (frames, so i can't link it directly, click on spiders, via MeFi)

Monday, September 15, 2003

Giant Space spiders will save the earth: "NASA insiders say they can shield Earth from doomsday asteroids meteors and comets, using gigantic "super webs" spun by huge spiders that are genetically engineered to work in the airless vacuum of space. "

Sunday, September 14, 2003

web in web

This is a very rare occurence because the smaller spider is likely to get chased out (or eaten) very soon. The spider is most likely Larinioides sp.(thanks to moran)

Saturday, September 13, 2003

Farmers raise alarm over spider fights "A farmer's group here is urging a stop to the practice of making spiders fight each other saying it could cause lead to the extinction of spider species. He said the local spider population is being depleted owing to spider fights wherein two spiders, locally called damang, are made to fight along a slender stick. The one that falls at least three times or gets wrapped by its opponent's web loses the match."
Spider numbers stay low at reserve"Experts are mystified why a colony of rare spiders (The fen raft spider) is still on the verge of extinction, despite a 3.2m pounds project to restore their Fenland habitat." am pretty sure the spider is Dolomedes sp.

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Ad body backs spider posters: "The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has decided not to uphold dozens of complaints about a series of posters showing giant spiders. "
Fish-eating spider invades Wales : "The discovery of a colony of large fish-eating spiders in a Swansea canal has excited nature experts."
Room with SpidersWatercolor on paper
Argiope aurantia males die after mating: While this doesn't seem very new, it actually is. The male kind of spontaneously dies after sex, unlike widow spiders where they are eaten by the female.
Animal Planet :: Spidermania -- Tour a Spider needs flash, and is kind of basic info but with high coolness quotient.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Spider of the year (warning: page translated from the German)
Sensational spider : kid in the photo looks creepier than the spider, if you ask me
Worlds Largest Tarantula on Webcam Live! just doesn't do very much....maybe it's sleeping?
Spider Jewellery: "We proudly present to you, our fine Spider Jewellery, symbols of our great traditions."
Spider experiments with Drugs: "Scientists at the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have turned their attention from the mysteries of the cosmos to a more esoteric area of research: what happens when you get a spider stoned. Their experiments have shown that common house spiders spin their webs in different ways according to the psychotropic drug they have been given"
Samuel Zschokke's Spider Web Construction Gallery"This page aims to present a variety of spider webs and to briefly describe how they are constructed and to show the spider itself. The thumbnail pictures in the rightmost column show the finished webs (a few more are to come!). The (colourful) thumbnail pictures in the column next to it do not show spider webs; they show the tracks of spiders during web construction. Whenever possible, I tried to match the two pictures in each species; i.e. the picture on the left shows the construction of the web shown to the right of it. The tracks have been coloured to emphasise the different phases of web construction"

Sunday, September 07, 2003

Mada Morison - spiderweb painting: "Spiderweb Painting
Painting on spiderwebs, an art form that developed in 15th Century Bavaria."

Saturday, September 06, 2003

CBC Spiders weave huge web: "A biology professor in northern British Columbia has spotted a clover field crawling with spiders.
Brian Thair of the College of New Caledonia in Prince George said he saw a silky, white web stretching 60 acres across a field. "
pretty old news, but its still cool.
Scientists Crack Secret Strength of Silk: "A Tufts team has figured out how spiders and silkworms spin such strong silk, which could have far-reaching implications for everything from hospital dressings to body armor."
Spider Identification Chart - Venomous or Dangerous?: "Spider identification of venomous and dangerous spiders most commonly found in homes, their habitat areas, venom toxicity and spider bite first aid procedures"
Interactive Spider Geometry (Mygalomorph Patterns): "After many experiments, the Mygalomorph noticed that if one end of its web strand went n times faster around the circumference of a circle as its other end, then the web created a curve with n-1 lobes. So beautiful were his patterns, that the wise Mygalomorph soon became King of the Spiders"