My lovely friend, Rena has found me more bugs! She went to New Orleans and found this beauty over the weekend. This is Nephila clavipes. Commonly known as a Golden Silk Orbweaver and sometimes- Banana Spider. But be careful, the latter can refer to a few unrelated species depending where you live. I believe the Wandering Spider of Brazil is also called a Banana Spider sometimes. They are completely unrelated and the Orb Weaver is harmless while the Brazilian spider is not.. This girl is a pretty one, for sure, even with the missing leg!
I love these guys!
Kim’s scoping things out… then as soon as her foot hit the ledge, she thought better of it and curled into a ball. So skittish…
okay this is pretty much the best centipede (ITS MY FAVORITE COLORS) the only problem is i don’t know what the exact species is. according to the description on 123rf its in the Lithobius genus, which contains over 300 species, and only two of them appear to have wikipedia articles.
if anyone knows what species this is it would be great if you could let me know!
If bugs give you the willies (like Patty), avoid Sindh, Pakistan, where flood waters forced spiders—lots of spiders—into the trees.
Photo: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development
THIS. IS. AWESOME.
"Unlike those of the majority of insects, the bodies of spiders are soft and easily injured. Also, spiders are not equipped with claws, large mandibles or stings and most are weak and timid. The capacity to stop enemies and prey is critically important to them—hence the web and a venomous bite are crucial to spiders’ survival."
Spiders: The Ultimate Predators by Stephen Dalton (via funnyskullgrin
ANTILLES PINKTOE TARANTULA (juvenile) (Avicularia versicolor)
Note: This is a corrected post. Thanks to @jadeneternal for notifying me that the cobalt blue tarantula was mis-identified, it was actually this tarantula — a juvenile Antilles Pinktoe. I corrected that photo, and am reposting this one. If you ever see something misidentifed on my site, PLEASE do let me know. Thanks!
The Antilles pinktoe tarantula, also known as the Martinique Red Tree Spider or the Martinique Pinktoe, is native to Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Caribbean Sea, but is a popular spider pet due to its docile character and unique coloration.
Antilles pinktoes are naturally docile, although they are quick and can jump up to 30 cm far or high. Bites from this type of spider are rare, if provoked it flees. Bites are not dangerous; comparable to a wasp sting.
Uhh so pretty!