Something not yet mentioned on this site about me is that I am a huge fan of arachnids ...and other intertebrates of course... but mostly arachnids.
So much so that I started writing cute little spotlights about spiders I found particularly interesting.
This will be periodically updated as I find time to write more.
ISOPOD EATER 2/18/2023
Hello beautiful! There's a good reason Dysderidae here has such large and lovely chelicerae, they aren't regularly refered to as "Woodlouse spiders" for nothing.
While the average arachnid can have some trouble piercing the armor of an isopod, millipede, or centipede, Dysderidae has already finished it's meal. Their fangs are so impressive that these spiders will become dominant predators against larger spiders. They can become quite the hardy fighter, especially against male counterparts.
You'll find these gems scouring dark, warm places. Taking to ground hunting rather than web building. Under logs, rocks, leaf litter, and anywhere else you might find delicious pillbugs... yes, in your home too. Despite their menacing mouthpieces, Dysderidae pose no threat to humans other than a good pinch.
They do pose nicely for the camera, though!
In my personal opinion, the most vibrant, colorful spider just can't beat the lovely amber cephalothorax of this potatoe bug hunter... roly polie hunter? Doodle bugs. Wood pigs. Cheeselogs? Whatever, Dysderidae eats granny greys cause they're pretty much everywhere.