The Tiny British Spider Who Got a Huge Amount of PressAs Queen Elizabeth's funeral procession was underway, all eyes were on her heartbroken family and her beautifully adorned casket. Atop the casket, just behind the crown jewels, one could see an intricate flower arrangement. The flower bouquet was said to contain many of the Queen's favorite blooms. Carefully nestled among those gorgeous and colorful petals was a white card. A card written by none other than her son King Charles. A note to his mother and predecessor.What happened next was out of place, but not entirely unexpected. A small spider, not knowing he was trespassing, walked across that bright white card and caught the attention of the entire world. Where did the spider come from? The flowers? The room? Who was this spider? What was this spider’s story? The world wondered and the internet went wild. The New York Post published an article titled, “Spider spotted crawling on top of Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral Casket.” Many people tweeted. People magazine even went so far as to suggest the spider was there as a good omen.Sadly, not too much is really known about this little arthropod. All the information we have about it is contained in the blurry images captured on film. We do, however, know that its presence was felt around the world. For a brief moment, this was the tiny little spider who unwittingly got a huge amount of press.  (Image Credit: BBC)#spider #QueenElizabeth #funeral
Peacock Spider Dances to Y.M.C.A. by Village PeopleCheck out this fun video of peacock spider dancing to Y.M.C.A.by Village People! It's a remix of a video of the courtship ritual of the male Maratus speciosus or Coastal peacock spider, which are native to the coastal dunes in Perth, Western Autralia.To create the Y.M.C.A. version, Dario Trovato edited scenes from Jurgen Otto's original video and set the spider's movement to the beat of the song. Even though the video shows just a few examples of the spider's mating ritual, it showcases how beautifully the spider dances.Video by: Jurgen Otto Editing by: Dario Trovato #Dancing #PeacockSpider #Spider #YMCA
Australian Reptile Park Receives Donation of a Giant Funnel Web Spider That it Playfully Names MEGASPIDERThe Australian Reptile Park has been encouraging the public to catch funnel-web spiders for its antivenom program. The captured spiders will have their venom extracted from them. Said venom is transformed into antivenom, which saves 300 lives each year. Recently, the Park has received a Tupperware container with no labels as to where it came from. Inside it was a funnel-web spider that surprised many because of its unusual size. Measuring at 8cm, with fangs around 2cm, the spider is similar to the size of a tarantula and could theoretically bite through human fingernails.The Park has aptly named the donated spider "MEGASPIDER."Learn more about the story over at the Australian Reptile Park.(Image and video credit: Australian Reptile Park)#spider #FunnelWebSpider #Tarantula #Venom #Antivenom
The Joro Spider, A Type of Golden Orb Weaver Native to East Asia, has Invaded Georgia Trichophila clavata or the Joro spider is a member of the orb weavers, a spider family known for their highly ordered, wheel-shaped webs. It is found in East Asian countries such as Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan. This year, it was discovered in Atlanta, Georgia, and has since spread and expanded swiftly. Despite the fact that it is unknown how or when the first Joro spider arrived in the United States, the massive spider has already constructed a thick, golden web on power lines, porches, and vegetable patches across north Georgia.According to researchers, the new species has generated a lot of concern and fear among the town's residents, and it has progressively extended even into the Northeast of Atlanta in 2014, as well as South Carolina and Hudson. They may have spread across the south at one point.Nancy Hinkle, a University of Georgia entomologist, said Joros can control mosquitoes and other insects and could be valuable for crops. The Joros pose no threat to humans or animals, according to Paula Cushing, an arachnologist at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and other experts. However, Ann Rypstra, a spider behavior researcher at Miami University, believes that more research is needed and that caution is necessary.Image by:Alex Sanz#spider #Joro #atlanta #goldenorbweaber 
The Great Tarantula Migration is Underway in Colorado Crowds are building in La Junta, Colorado, about three hours south of Denver. The draw is the annual "tarantula migration," where the big hairy spiders are on the move, which makes this tourist season for the town. But they aren't really migrating.What are those tarantulas on the hunt for? Not storms, but rather mates. And Laubach said there's one specific reason they come out this time of the year."It’s a lot to do with the weather,” Laubach told AccuWeather Broadcast Meteorologist Adam Del Rosso during a segment on AccuWeather Prime. “The male spiders, the ones that you’re seeing, are actually looking to mate. So this isn’t as much of a migration as it is a mate-gration."The annual showcase of mate-hunting tarantulas has become a tourist attraction in the small Colorado city. Pamela Denahy, the tourist director of Visit La Junta, told Laubach the spiders are "docile creatures."Read about the tarantulas and their curious allure at AccuWeather. -via Fark​#tarantula #spider
Top 25 Animal Photos of CEWE Photo Awards 2021With over 606,000 photos from 170 countries submitted, the CEWE Photo Award 2021 is the biggest photo competition in the world. This year's competition motto of "Our world is beautiful," is brought to life by the winning photos in 10 categories.We're mesmerized by the shortlisted photos in the Animal category (of course, this is Supa Fluffy after all).The category winner, a herd of elephant titled "Der Clan kuschelt" or "The clan cuddles" by German photographer Josef Schwarz is shown above. The photo shows a clan of elephant huddling together, with the smallest elephants protected in the middle of the group.Take a look below at the rest of the shortlisted photos in the Animal category of the CEWE Photo Award 2021.#CEWEPhotoAward2021 #photography #AnimalPhotography #elephant