Protection, Cannibalism and Self-Sacrifice: The World of Spider Parenting

When someone mentions parental care in the animal kingdom, birds and mammals are probably the organisms than spring to most people’s minds, and it’s most likely that invertebrates and specifically spiders are not high on peoples lists of the animal kingdoms most devoted parents. It is true, the invertebrate world is neglecting in parental care … More Protection, Cannibalism and Self-Sacrifice: The World of Spider Parenting

Salticidae – The Charismatic Spiders

Jumping spiders! Salticidae is the largest family of spiders, containing approximately 5,500-6,000 species, which accounts for around 13% of all spiders. These species are divided into 600+ genera, are typically small in size and famed for their incredible jumping abilities. Along with their impressive number of species and awesome acrobatics, they also possess some of … More Salticidae – The Charismatic Spiders

Microscope Madness

If you follow any of my social media accounts you have probably noticed that I have started uploading microscope pictures. Recently, I acquired a fantastic Brunel MX7T microscope for my birthday, it comes with a rotating turret with 20x and 40x magnification (although this can be increased through additional eyepieces). My primary reason for wanting … More Microscope Madness

The Mighty Stag Beetle

Sticking with the recurring theme of brilliant British beasts, this week the mighty stag beetle (Lucanus cervus). Being a beetle they are of course an insect and belong to the order Coleoptera (the beetles) which is actually the largest of the insect orders, containing approximately 360,000 species, with more being discovered all the time. There … More The Mighty Stag Beetle

Steatoda stigma

False Widows everywhere! RUN! … No, no Stop! I am only joking, however this is the view of a great many people around the UK and this is often fueled by the media. Spring is not far around the corner, which means it won’t be long before people start venturing outside again and so it … More Steatoda stigma

Arizona Arachnids

Hey guys, well I am back from Arizona! It was an incredible experience and we saw a remarkable number of species. While the Reptiles and Amphibians were the trips main focus, I found the invertebrates (particularly the Arachnids) fascinating. So I thought I’d kick the Arizona posts off with one about two of my favourite … More Arizona Arachnids

Cricket by the Bed

Quite a short post today about how I came across a gorgeously green Saddle-Backed Bush Cricket in the South of France.  It had reached that time again where we’d said goodnight and were all retreating to our bedrooms, when my Dad’s head appeared from the stairwell that leads to my room. In a similar fashion … More Cricket by the Bed