SPIDER OF INTEREST
Spider of interest (or SOI, if you're into that sort of thing) is a periodically updated page featuring spiders I find intriguing.
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.
OGRES AND NETS - 2/6/2023
The family Deinopidae is host to some of the most interesting arachnids in the world. Common names adopted by these spiders include "ogre faced spiders", "net-casting spiders", and "gladiator spiders." Lately these guys have gotten a bit more popular after the release of a Deinopidae inspired pokemon by the name of "spidops."
In my opinion, everything about these spiders screams cool, there is always something strange and new to learn about them... so let's just jump right into it.
Unlike the rest of their arachnid brothers and sisters, Deinopidae fashions itself a net and watches out for passing prey to then spring out and capture them. They even use drops of faecal matter to create a "target" on the ground below them making them an excellent (and creative?) hunter.
Speaking of "watching," these spiders have massive posterior median eyes that excede the nightvision of cats and even owls. Unforunately, A large portion of membrane within the eye is so sensitive it burns away in the day and has to regrow as night falls.
Did I mention they can "hear" sounds up to 2 meters away using sensitive hairs along their legs? Cool.
WELCOME BACK STEATODA - 1/25/2023
Welcome back to SOI, if you were around when I first started making these little spotlights you'll probably recognize the genus Steatoda. Mortem's personal favorite spider only rivaled by the famous Black Widow. I have several of these little beauties (specifically S. grossa) under my care and they have been nothing but fun.
The common names associated with these guys usually relate to their aformentioned cousin Latrodectus. With the same build and the occassional dark coloration it's no suprise these guys are known as "False widows."
To be honest there's nothing too special about Steatoda, they are pretty common worldwide (and under my furniture), don't have any striking coloration, and their bites aren't all that significant... However, I just think they are so charming and that's more than enough for them to be special.
Have a look into the dark corners of your home and find something extraordinary within the ordinary.