I spotted this gorgeous spider on my walk in the Experimental Forest with Charlie on Friday. bugguide tells me it’s a spiny orb-weaver, from the genus Gasteracantha. Orb-weavers are spiders responsible for building large flat webs, usually with radii (the spokes of the web) of unsticky silk and the lines that go around in a spiral… Read More Spiny orb-weaver
(A number of the links here are to academic papers, especially the ones at the end, so I’m sorry if you don’t have access to some of them.) The small, eerily quiet cul-de-sac I live on in the middle of housing-development-and-apartment-complex filled Auburn has a surprisingly active wild life. Take, for example, the fox that… Read More Are Northern Foxes Smaller than Southern Ones?
The first class I am taking as part of my entomology grad program is Insect Morphology, a class focused on memorizing the external body parts of insects, so later we’ll be able to describe and recognize insects from descriptions. Needless to say, it’s a very difficult class, with us memorizing over 30 insect body parts… Read More How I made a diagram of an insect