Misumena vatia (Goldenrod Crab Spider)
The Goldenrod Spider is a member of the crab spider family. It is best known for its ability to change its color from white to yellow in order to camouflage among flowers. The female is the one most often seen. She is either yellow or white, depending on where she is, with red streaks on her abdomen. The male is dark reddish-brown, with a whitish abdomen with dark red streaks. The male is smaller (about 1/8 inch) than the female (up to 3/8 inch). Goldenrod Spiders are found wherever there are yellow and white flowers, especially goldenrod and daisies. This is usually in a field or garden.
Goldenrod Spiders eat insects, either by hunting on the ground, or by ambushing from a flower. They especially attack bees, butterflies, and flies which visit flowers for nectar. Grasshoppers and other plant-eating insects are also frequent prey. Goldenrod Spiders have small jaws which contain venom. This venom allows them to take on animals much larger than them. Usually, the Goldenrod Spider grabs its prey with its front legs and injects the venom. It then sucks all the body fluids from its prey.
Goldenrod Spiders can walk forwards, backwards, or sideways. They do not build webs. After mating, female Goldenrod Spiders will spin a silk sac to hold eggs. This is done by folding a leaf over the eggs and wrapping the silk around it. The female usually dies before the young spiderlings hatch. They are on their own from the moment they are born.
foxesmadravens Hey, is this the Sal’s guy?
They don’t build webs. I like them.
Yes it is! I’ve seen one in the house too! I put her outside :3
Another species to be added to the ever-growing tick-list:
Africa’s Western Black Rhino has been officially declared EXTINCT. Poaching and lack of conservation have led the subspecies of black rhino to extermination, while the Northern White Rhino is ‘teetering on the brink of extinction’.
Way to go, humanity.
SUPER SEPTEMBER SANDALWOOD GIVEAWAY !
To celebrate the grand opening of my new brick and mortar store Sandalwood I’m doing a September giveaway!
I’ll pay the shipping.
Give Away ends on October 1st.
- 2 small glass corked bottles of natural oil perfume (Amber Musk and Rainforest)
- A whole big pile of bulk Indian sandalwood and amber incense
- A box of Worth incense
- A glass jar Lavender candle with cork top
- Buddhist prayer bead bracelet
- A rough chunk of rose quartz
- A really nice dark amethyst point cluster
- An amethyst merkaba pendulum
- This is a promo for my new store so I’m trying hard to get likes on Facebook. The winner must like my page here.
- Follows on tumblr here will count as another entry.
- Reblogs count as another entry but please don’t spam your followers
- This contest is for North America residents only.
- You must be 18 or older as per the tumblr guidelines
- No giveaway blogs
- You must have your inbox open so I can message you for your address if you win.
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- I’ll use random.org to pick the winner
- You have 48 hours to respond or I’ll pick another winner.
and thank you all for your support of my new shop :)
Mawi Pegmatite, Afghanistan.
The unusually rich lilac-pink color in this specimen indicates the crystal are high in Lithium.
The only thing more shocking about the purple swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) than its plumage, is its diet. While it feeds mostly on vegetation, it is also known to eat the eggs and even the live young of other water birds. It is one of the largest members of the rail family (consisting of crakes, coots, and gallinules, among others), and its robust build allows it to more or less roam wherever it pleases within its range.
Bay Cat (Pardofelis badia)
Also known as the Bornean cat, or Bornean marbled cat, the bay cat is a species of wild cat (Felinae) which is endemic to the island of Borneo, where it is relatively rare. Like many other cat species, bay cats are nocturnal and secretive. Due to this not much is known about bay cat biology and ecology, however they are known to feed on medium sized vertebrates.
Currently Pardofelis badia is listed as endangered on the IUCN red list as it faces threats from deforestation and habitat destruction.
Image: Jim Sanderson
Blue-rayed Metalmark - Lyropteryx apollonia
Lyropteryx apollonia (Riodinidae) is one of those butterflies that are equally striking whether they are seen from both the upperside (top photo) or the underside (bottom photo) of the wings.
In addition to its stunning look, these butterflies have a peculiar behavior. Males are occasionally seen visiting sewage seepages or urine-soaked ground. They drink using the “filter-feeding” method, whereby they imbibe almost continually, extracting salts from mineral-rich patches of ground, or from the edges of puddles. Periodically they squirt the demineralized water from their anus, curving their abdomen so as to aim the liquid at the ground beneath their feet. There it leaches more minerals from the ground, which are re-imbibed. This process is continuous and the butterflies often recycle the same fluid many times during a period of several minutes.
The Blue-rayed Metalmark is widely distributed throughout the tropical regions of South America including Colombia, western and southern Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia.