The Bug Geek

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Photo Friday: Suck it, arachnophobia

This installment of PF is a bit of a deviation, in that you’re getting VIDEOgraphy instead of PHOTOgraphy. It’s nothing spectacular, but at least I’ve followed Alex Wild’s macrovideo tip #1: use a tripod. I hope that’s ok.

I made this very silly video early this week. I’m actually planning on using this and other footage to make a much more sensible “Arachnid Anatomy” video to add to my collection of zoology lab vids.

You may recall a certain post from the fall of 2010, in which I described a harrowing and hair-raising encounter with The Biggest Spider in Ever (i.e., Araneus gemmoides, the cat-faced spider).  I survived that dramatic event, and I hadn’t come across that particular species of orb-weaver again until this year. We’ve actually had two simply MASSIVE females living on our property all summer – one under the second-story eaves and one under the roof of our woodshed.

I have been working very conscientiously at overcoming my very silly fear of spiders. (It’s a ridiculous affliction for any self-respecting entomologist, although I have been assured that I am not alone *ahem, Ted, Shelly, Alex*).

Anyways, you can see that I’ve come a very long way in two years! If there are any other arachnophobes out there, please rest assured that there’s hope for you yet! 😀

On a completely unrelated note, it’s been a bit quiet here because I’ve been getting re-accustomed to having a teaching/coursework workload, and because I’ve been prepping for a conference taking place this weekend, and because other reasons. Like new projects and social media addictions: I HAVE A TUMBLR. WITH LOTS OF PHOTOS AND STUFF. IT’S AWESOME. CHECK IT OUT.  (Tumblr seems to be the perfect blogging format for a person such as myself, i.e., one with the attention span of a gnat. But fear not, I’ll still be here in full force once I stop panicking about conferences).

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7 responses to “Photo Friday: Suck it, arachnophobia

  1. Jon Quist September 28, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    That sure is a beast. I used to love finding big spiders and holding them as a litle kid, now i’m more reluctant. …sad really, wish I would have moved in the other direction, becoming a bugologist and all. :/

  2. Sean McCann September 28, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Good job! I still avoid the really big ones though: http://www.flickr.com/photos/deadmike/5732710440/

  3. Dave September 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Pretty good progress I’d say (and from one who maintains strict logical control over any unscientific urges, I’d probably have trouble doing that).

  4. Lucy Corrander September 30, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    I wouldn’t have managed this.

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