Tag Archives: arachnid

Pretty little jumper

13 Sep

Is this not one of the prettiest jumping spiders (Salticidae) you’ve ever seen? ūüėć

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Holding my Holconia immanis huntsman

22 Jul

Hello all!

Life’s been absolutely crazy lately, between work, school and kids, and unfortunately that leaves little time for much else. ¬†But I really wanted to share my video with you of me¬†FINALLY¬†holding my beautiful Cuddles, the Holconia immanis (or Banded) huntsman. ¬†I’ve had her for a couple of years now, and before she passes, I wanted a chance to hold her. ¬†I know to you arachnaphobes out there, that sounds absolutely insane.

But I love spiders, especially large ones (not the deadly ones exactly), and I guess I built up my confidence holding my Nephila species Golden Orbs. ¬†Neither species are known to be aggressive, though they are both venomous (although they don’t possess ‘medically significant’ venom), and have very large fangs that are not a problem to see.

I started slowly, with coaxing her onto the lid of a container where she nearly walked onto my hand. ¬†Some of you long-time readers may remember I was bitten by a large huntsman (same species) back when I lived in Byfield Rainforest. ¬†And yes, I remember the pain. So, although I really, really wanted to hold her, I prepared myself for the worst…just in case. A few tries later and I was able to get the following video. ¬†Enjoy!

 

Teddy Bear Spider

4 Mar

Okay, so maybe the title is a bit misleading. And not that I need to mention a teddy bear to get you here. I mean, if you’re here there’s a good chance you were looking for something insect related. Or just randomly stumbled on this site and after seeing this photo may never come back.

See, I first posted this picture to my Wannabe Entomologist Instagram account where I am followed (virtually, not physically) by other like-minded bug nerds. They loved it.

So, I broke my “no more spider pictures on Facebook” rule and posted it there as well. And I realized something-if you hate spiders, no suggestion that it looks like anything else will work.

So, here is the first version I posted.

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See anything?

How about now?

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I can clearly see a sleeping, upside down teddy bear with blondish hair. And it looks adorable. Apparently not to arachnophobes.

(The spider in the picture is a Garden Orb Web Spider – Eriophora transmarina (Araneus transmarina))

Rookie mistake…mind blown.

22 Sep

What’s arachnophobia?

Fear of spiders, right?

Okay, now what’s an arachnid?

A spider, right?

Wrong! ¬†Well, sort of wrong…and right.

According to Dictionary.com, arachnid is defined as: “any wingless, carnivorous arthropod of the class Arachnida, including¬†spiders, scorpions, mites, ticks, and daddy-longlegs, having a body¬†divided into two parts, the cephalothorax and the abdomen, and¬†having eight appendages and no antennae.”

Now, I’m sure there are plenty of you out there that are like, “Duh, Lisa, we knew this.” But I didn’t! ¬†I thought spiders were arachnids and arachnids were spiders. Period.

See, I love spiders. ¬†So, in turn, I thought I loved arachnids. But, for those of you that know me, I¬†despise¬†ticks. ¬†I can deal with the rest but ticks…no. ¬†So, sadly, I suppose I’m not actually also, in addition to a wannabe entomologist, a wannabe arachnophile.

We learn something new (hopefully) every day.