July 2013

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The Plushy, Squishy Velvet Worm

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26 July 2013
The Velvet Worm (Onychophora) looks like a plush toy. It looks squishy. And it’s darn cute. Our night would’ve been a dull walk had it not been for the…
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Gruesome Tactics of an Ant-Snatching Assassin Bug

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26 July 2013
This post highlights the gruesome, yet ingenious tactics of the Ant-Snatching Assassin Bug (Acanthaspis sp.) which I shot again on Friday night. This assassin bug sticks the corpses of…
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The Roly Poly Pill Millipede

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19 July 2013
Pill Millipedes are probably the cutest millipedes one could find. When disturbed, it rolls up into a ball, exposing only the tougher segmented backs and keeping the softer underparts…
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Moulting – A Natural Wonder

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19 July 2013
In order to grow, most arthropods have to shed their exoskeleton because this hardened outer layer restricts growth. This delicate process of shedding the exoskeleton and expanding to a…
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Transformation of the Mirror Spider

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12 July 2013
For several years, I have been observing the odd behavior of the Mirror Spider (Thwaitesia sp.) where the “silver-plates” on the abdomen seem to shrink when the spider is…