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Ant-Mimicking Jumping Spider

tags: ant mimic, Jumping Spider, macro video, animal behavior, streaming video Unfortunately, no species ID yet (can you ID this spider?), but the mimicry in both form and behavior is truly beautiful, astonishing, really.

tags: Phidippus audax, Jumping Spider, macro video, animal behavior, streaming video A macro video of a very large (15mm or so) adult female Phidippus audax jumping spider that the videographer found in a light fixture. Set to a recording he made in December with a vintage Japanese Alvarez classical acoustic and a Kay Swingmaster hollowbody…

tags: Phidippus apacheanus, Jumping Spider, macro video, animal behavior, streaming video There’s a chance he could be a male Phidippus cardinalis — a bit of research reveals both P. apacheanus and P. cardinalis are found in this area of Oklahoma.

tags: Phidippus mystaceus, Jumping Spider, macro video, animal behavior, streaming video This macro video of an adult male Phidippus mystaceus Jumping Spider is really interesting. He does have an inordinate fondness for jumping onto the camera lens, though! Jumping spiders are my favorite types, although they do awaken my inner phobia at times.

Walk On The Wild Side

tags: Walk On The Wild Side, animals, behavior, humor, streaming video Walk On The Wild Side is a brand new comedy series that seeks to provide a long overdue forum for the views and opinions of the animal kingdom [1:54]

tags: Eurasian Jackdaw, Corvus monedula, body language, behavior, peer-reviewed paper Eurasian Jackdaw, Corvus monedula. This is the smallest species of corvid (crows and ravens). Image: Wikipedia [larger view]. Those of you who go birding will know what I am talking about when I say that birds are so capable of reading human body language that…

Dolphin Bubble Rings

tags: captive dolphins, SeaWorld Orlando, bubble ring, animal behavior, streaming video This streaming video shows the dolphins at SeaWorld Orlando’s Dolphin Cove as they artfully create and play with underwater bubble rings and hear what SeaWorlds trainers, educators and guests have to say about this fun and fascinating behavior [3:25]

Luna, Remembered

tags: Luna the orca, Orcinus orca, orca, killer whale, wildlife, streaming video This video is from my other home. This is footage of Luna, an orca (“killer whale”) Orcinus orca, who was a southern resident (fish eating) whale who tragically died 10 March 2006 when she was hit by a large tugboat in British Columbia’s…

Why Do We Yawn?

tags: yawning, thermoregulation, budgerigars, Melopsittacus undulatus, animal behavior Yawning human, Homo sapiens serving as a perch for a domestic budgerigar, Melopsittacus undulatus. Image: Wendy (Creative Commons License). Yawning. Everybody does it. In fact, I am yawning now as I write this piece. Yawning is interpreted to have a variety of meanings, ranging from tiredness to…

tags:, begging calls, brood parasitism, coevolution, learning, social shaping, ornithology, Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo, Chalcites basalis, Chrysococcyx basalis Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo, Chalcites (Chrysococcyx) basalis, Capertee Valley, NSW, Australia, September 2003. Image: Aviceda [larger view]. Brood parasites are birds, fish or insects that deceive unrelated animals of the same species or different species to care for their offspring.…