There is something about spiders that makes people’s skin crawl; maybe it has to do with all those hairy legs? To get in the spirit of spooky Halloween, we are diving into the world of the top ten scariest spiders. After looking at this top ten list you may think that all spiders are scary but remember they rarely bite and very few are dangerous. Spiders are also really important to the environment because most eat other insects, which help control pest populations. If you do see venomous spiders, like the ones in this list, remember to stay away! Although they rarely bite it’s much safer to not test their mood.
Spider, spider dreaming night
In the webbing of delight
Dangling from a feather waiting strike,
Who would plan your putrid pike?
I’m a fly buzzing, see,
Yet in your catcher of dreams I am free!
Here I am, drying, waiting
For you twist the sinews of my heart writhing.
Nature is cruel like the cosmos.
Decomposing, I’m the garden with a rose,
How malevolent is your temper?
As benevolent as my tongue you’ll devour later?
Spider, spider, dangling high
Round your token whose death is nigh,
Spinning for your master, Fuehrer of the Reich,
Who would dare to plan your horrid pike?
(I like spiders so stay tuned for more scary spider pictures. If anyone can tell me what what type of spider this is let me know)
A macro insect is always tricky – lots of camera shake going on. The size of the water drops give you the idea of how small the fly was.
This was taken in my back garden, unfortunately the season for macro photographing bugs is rather early (rarely to see and still quite small – looking for some plump spiders this summer)
Macro flower photography is good fun – I can’t give you many tips but that’s how to shoot:
This would be the terrestrial megadrile earthworm which are hermaphrodites, which means that each animal has both male and female reproductive organs. When two earthworms mate, both worms typically fertilize each other (no trouble in reproduction)
There are approximately 2,700 different kinds of earthworms. Even though worms don’t have eyes, they can sense light, especially at their anterior (front end). They move away from light and will become paralyzed if exposed to light for too long (approximately one hour). They even survive being frozen if the freeze is not too rapid.
Earthworms do not have hearts but have an organ that carries out the functions of the heart and it is known as the ‘aortic arch‘. Some say they have five hearts.
The great naturalist Charles Darwin wrote this:
…it may be doubted if there are any other animals which have played such an important part in the history of the world as these lowly organized creatures.
Let’s all appreciate earthworms a bit more!