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buggirl:

I recently posted a photo such as this, where I’m holding Linda the Black Widow,  on my blog and the comments coming in are kinda cracking me up.
Here are a few:
“what is photoshop”-
Well, if you knew me personally, you’d understand why this is funny.  I am so computer illiterate I could never use photoshop- you’re lucky I know how to use tumblr…. Also, if you follow me, you know I hold all things “creepy” on a regular basis.
“this bitch really let a venomous spider bite her trying to be cute”
Apparently, I’m a bitch?  And who said Linda bit me?  I didn’t!  Black Widows are extremely shy and non-aggressive.  They are nothing to be afraid of, like any animal, if treated with respect (which usually means just leave it alone) and not threatened, they will not feel the need to defend themselves.  I was not “trying to be cute”..  The point of this blog is to educate others about the natural world.  Me holding a venomous beneficial black widow reinforces the point- most of the negative feelings people have towards spiders are based on irrational fear.
“Now they call her rotten hand”
Once again, you’d practically have to force a black widow to bite you.  Also, even if she were to bite me, it certainly would not rot my hand.  Black widow venom is a nuerotoxin, and does not cause necrosis.
Spread a little love to spiders and read about my research here.


It’s sad that people are so willing to despise what they don’t understand. As if that wasn’t enough, some go so far as to despise anyone who does understand what they don’t. It’s a shame that people have been reacting to a photo of a non-aggressive spider on this person’s hands with jeering and hostility. It shows how little these trolls know, and how afraid they are of having their erroneous preconceptions of the world (“spiders are vicious and deadly monsters that bite and kill people all the time!!!”) challenged.
I dread the day when I receive this same sort of internet backlash for the photos I take of live (and perfectly docile) wasps and spiders on my hands. You won’t find those photos on my tumblr blog, though, because I intend to keep my personal life (read: frivolous and potentially-alienating tumblr crap) and my academic/professional life separate.
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buggirl:

I recently posted a photo such as this, where I’m holding Linda the Black Widow,  on my blog and the comments coming in are kinda cracking me up.

Here are a few:

what is photoshop”-

Well, if you knew me personally, you’d understand why this is funny.  I am so computer illiterate I could never use photoshop- you’re lucky I know how to use tumblr…. Also, if you follow me, you know I hold all things “creepy” on a regular basis.

this bitch really let a venomous spider bite her trying to be cute

Apparently, I’m a bitch?  And who said Linda bit me?  I didn’t!  Black Widows are extremely shy and non-aggressive.  They are nothing to be afraid of, like any animal, if treated with respect (which usually means just leave it alone) and not threatened, they will not feel the need to defend themselves.  I was not “trying to be cute”..  The point of this blog is to educate others about the natural world.  Me holding a venomous beneficial black widow reinforces the point- most of the negative feelings people have towards spiders are based on irrational fear.

Now they call her rotten hand”

Once again, you’d practically have to force a black widow to bite you.  Also, even if she were to bite me, it certainly would not rot my hand.  Black widow venom is a nuerotoxin, and does not cause necrosis.

Spread a little love to spiders and read about my research here.

It’s sad that people are so willing to despise what they don’t understand. As if that wasn’t enough, some go so far as to despise anyone who does understand what they don’t. It’s a shame that people have been reacting to a photo of a non-aggressive spider on this person’s hands with jeering and hostility. It shows how little these trolls know, and how afraid they are of having their erroneous preconceptions of the world (“spiders are vicious and deadly monsters that bite and kill people all the time!!!”) challenged.

I dread the day when I receive this same sort of internet backlash for the photos I take of live (and perfectly docile) wasps and spiders on my hands. You won’t find those photos on my tumblr blog, though, because I intend to keep my personal life (read: frivolous and potentially-alienating tumblr crap) and my academic/professional life separate.

griseus:

A redeye gaper (Chaunax sp.) venting water at 240 meters depth. Seen during the Lophelia II 2008 expedition at the Green Canyon site in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gapers are Lophiiformes, in the anglerfish group, with big heads, a network of open sensory canals,and a lateral canal extending posteriorly along a compressed trunk and tail. They are sit-and-wait, ambush predators

Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

um :( is there nothing you can do for the fuzzy baby. I have tarantulas and I just... Wish you could help it.

bogleech:

buggirl:

I will answer this publicly, as I’ve now gotten this question 3 times regarding this post, in which a tarantula I had captured for my research had what appears to be a larva of a parasitoid fly or egg.  Well, for one thing, I had not noticed it until I uploaded the photo.  But even if I had, I probably would not have tried to remove the parasite.  During research, I try to keep my involvement and interference with nature to as much of a minimum as possible.  I too love tarantulas, but nature can be cruel.  And predators, prey and parasites all play their role in the ecosystem, especially ones that are native.  I try my best to keep my emotions aside, and let nature and its balance take its course. 

Yeah, it’s sweet to feel compassion like this, but parasites are animals too, who also need to eat. We’re really in no place to judge which of two wild organisms deserves to live and which deserves to starve.

And bear in mind, the parasitoid will kill just once, but the tarantula is a life long predator. We can’t just arbitrarily decide it’s okay to be carnivorous but evil and cruel to be parasitic; Both are necessary to the ecosystem and both are beautiful, amazing living things.

Edit: and as one person already pointed out, the parasite is probably Acrocera, the fmall-headed flies, who are all spider-killing parasitoids but look at how silly they are:

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(photo by Jorge Ameida)

Look at that tiny head almost entirely covered by its eyes.

Both tarantulas and small-headed flies are cute babies, let the babies work things out on their own

It’s easy for us to demonize parasites, but like any other organism they’re simply doing what they have to in order to survive. Plus, some parasites (like that fly) are adorable.

sidneyia:

Someone Is Wrong On The Internet but I don’t want to respond b/c I don’t want to get hate: A Tumblr story

There’s This Really Interesting/Informative Post But I Can Imagine How One Small Part of the Post Might Hypothetically Be Construed As Potentially Problematic, In Which Case Someone Might Get Offended and Unfollow/Yell At Me For Reblogging It, So I Think I’d Better Not Reblog It Because It’s Safer To Just Shut Down And Do Nothing, Anyway: Another Tumblr story

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