Friday, May 26, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
And if you're interested, the new guide is pretty good value. Not perfect (what, or who, is?) but weightier in words, art and intent than older rivals. Too weighted toward rarities and distant islands for my liking. Little on nests and noises (where Morecombe shines). Is there to be an app? I don't know. If buying, check print consistency. Variable print pages among early sellers.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Bonus spider footnote: scientists this week said they had identified 28 silk protein mixes produced by Orb Weavers. Be nice to know how many might be found on above web. And what many others are used for. Get to work, scientists.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Thursday, April 27, 2017
from which they'll emerge to hunt at night.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
With friends like these...
Friday, April 14, 2017
Garden Orb-weaving Leaf-curling Spider doesn't look so fearsome sitting in middle of web. But let's see things from the male perspective: small blob (circled black, top left). Imagine coming home late after a feral night out and getting a biff from a missus so much larger. Worse, of course, to be the main course by being too slow after a quickie.
Sharing almost the same patch is another weaver, longer, but considerably slimmer, which A Guide to the Spiders of Australia leads me to identify as a Tear-drop Spider. So resolutely does it present the under view I've never in several weeks seen this spider's back.
Which is definitely not the case with Grey Huntsman, probably the scariest common hairy encounter for archnaphobes. It will change nothing, but no spider ever struck me as going out of its way to terrify Miss Muffet. Aversion therapy, anyone?