Arachnids in common

Mrs Tilton, meet Warren.

Warren, this is Mrs Tilton.


  1. #1 The Science Pundit
    June 29, 2007

    A match made in silk.

  2. #2 mikmik
    June 29, 2007

    It all fits. Solifuges (mostly nocturnal, cursorial hunting arachnids) can’t build their own webs, so they prowl the sticks looking for tricks to earn enough to get hooked up and crash at Araneidae pads.
    Sheesh, a nymph can never be too careful these days.

  3. #3 garth
    June 29, 2007

    Solfugids get a bad rap. they’re amazing little bugs, and quite the ferocious hunters (the comment on the other blog “***Yes, these were once scaring the hell out of dinosaurs” made me crack up). Many people only know about the “Camel spider” myth, that they’re 2 feet wide, can jump 6′, run 40mph, and are so poisonous they’ll kill ten men. there’s a lot of misinformation out there. snopes has a decent rundown:
    as usual.
    there are a few natives running around near my house (southern ca. is full of surprises!) and i’ve been privileged to escort a few back outside. my roommate swears up and down he was poisoned by one, but seeing as they’re not venomous, it may have been a dream. eh.

  4. #4 Warren
    June 29, 2007

    Alas, but there’s an ocean between us.

  5. #5 Carlie
    June 29, 2007

    How coincidental. I discovered the spider drug video just yesterday, as I was looking around for good classroom experiments on effects on symmetry. I first watched it without realizing it had sound (the speakers were off), so it took quite awhile to realize there was something amiss.

    Speaking of which, I’ll hijack the thread for my own personal gain – does anyone know of any good short-term classroom experiments on how various substances/genetic defects affect developmental or behavioral symmetry? I found one in ABT on spiders weaving lopsided webs once sprayed with vodka (which led to the spider drug video), and there are the anntenapedia and double-winged fly mutants, but are there any others? Sort of demonstrating the pollutants=five legged frogs without running afoul of animal care permits by actually using vertebrates.

  6. #6 Graculus
    June 29, 2007

    so it took quite awhile to realize there was something amiss.

    There was nothing “amiss”, the Hinterland Who’s Who spoof is one of the highest forms of humour.

    This one was particularly well done, from the little spider-sized props to the pitch-perfect generic NFB documentary narration.

  7. #7 Mrs Tilton, FCD
    June 29, 2007

    For an atheist, PZ, you make a marvelous shadchen.

    Warren: charmed I’m sure! I still recall the first solfugid I ever saw live (at Pinnacles National Monument in California) — I was astonished that a creature so wonderfully horrific could exist.

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