Friday, 30 April 2010
The spider catches the fly. This is a jumping or zebra spider, one of my favourites. It has eyes like headlamps and you really do feel it is watching you. But not this one, it was too busy with the fly it had just stalked and caught. No web, just sheer cunning and strength. Just like lions hunting prey 2 or 3 times their weight, except they hunt in a pride, this spider hunts alone on a wall in my garden.
Thursday, 29 April 2010
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Just added a chunk of text to the main spider page on the many uses of spider silk - it's not just for webs.
- webs to catch prey
- wrapping to keep prey until it is required
- retreats on or near the web
- lining of burrows
- sacs to protect eggs
- safety drag-line when moving around
- parachute to balloon and aid dispersal of young or small spiders
- small sheet of silk made by males to deposit a droplet of sperm before it is taken up in the palp
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Monday, 12 April 2010
Well, it's been a long time, but now the blog is back up and running. I've just added a page of drawings showing the body shape of the beetle families featured in the Invertebrate section of bumblebee.org. After all beetles are my second love, and I still believe there is nothing on earth more beautiful than a beetle seen through a microscope - just wish I had a better one!