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Tuesday, June 14, A.D. 2011

Though this fellow is breaking the letter of the law, I do not think that he is transgressing its spirit. I recommend silencing your speakers to avoid the unnecessary soundtrack.

Do not let their size and cuteness fool you. They are ferocious little beauties who will battle much large birds to defend their perceived territory.

Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, June 14, Anno Domini 2011
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Wednesday, June 8, A.D. 2011
Peacock Spider

Last week, I was exploring the web for spiders. I was trying to identify the monstrously large arachnid that my family encountered while camping in Shawnee State Forest. I could not believe that such beasts lived in Ohio, and I wanted to know the name. During my spider hunting, I came across a peculiar video on Maratus volans, a beautiful, little spider native to Australia.

While the narration is unintentionally amusing, I found the footage fascinating. Dr. Jürgen Otto evidently discovered and first documented the species. The quirky scientist who speaks English with a somewhat Aussie accent has also made a more adventurous music video. After some funky foreplay, you get to see some straight up spider porn. You may look at his photographs of the peacock spider, as well. This man should work for Animal Planet.

Posted by Joseph on Wednesday, June 8, Anno Domini 2011
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