Posted by: arrogantscientist | December 31, 2008

Biological Control

I have no idea what this spider is, but it is resident in a web behind one of the microscopes in the lab. It’s actual size is roughly 5mm long, and I think this illustrates exactly why microscopes are so cool – they let you see intricate, complex things you could never appreciate with the naked eye.


Along with a pitcher plant, this spider fails utterly at catching any stray flies. The bug zapper does a much better job, but is considerably less interesting.

I have numerous pictures of this spider and others (including some of a spider I presume is the opposite sex to this one) that I will probably upload sometime. The main problem with spiders though is their size – if they’re too big you can’t zoom out far enough to get a picture.


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