Today in Human-Arachnid Relations…

Because sometimes what you need most is to watch a person take it upon themselves to very carefully remove tangles of lint from the teeny toes of an amazingly patient wolf spider. What's more, this isn't even the first time Austin, TX resident Joe Pieczynski has helped out a wolf spider in this fashion. As you'll see, …

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Yesterday in Coleoptera Couture…

Because sometimes there are days you know you'll only truly feel like yourself if you're wearing a 19th century tiara, necklace, and earrings adorned with iridescent green beetle bodies. This dazzling set of Victorian adornments is Lady Granville's beetle parure, an Egyptian-style set of jewelry made in London by the Phillips Brothers in 1884-1885. The tiara, …

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A Tale of Chilean Wildfires and Three Very Good Doggos

Because sometimes what you need most is to learn about a trio of goodest girls using their canine smarts and boundless energy to help replant burned forestland in Chile. Meet 6-year-old Das and her two daughters, Olivia and Summer, three beautiful Border Collies working to help re-seed lands in the Maule Region of central Chile …

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The Triumphant (and Hilarious) Return of True Facts by Ze Frank

Although it's been years, I never gave up hope that one day Ze Frank would return with more episodes of his quasi-educational, utterly hilarious True Facts series of nature videos. That day has finally arrived and Frank is back teaching us all about the Frogfish, a strangely clumsy and just plain strange tropical member of the anglerfish …

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Today in Chainmail Cephalopod Couture….

Because sometimes what you need most is an aluminum chainmail octopus to wear upon your head, their shiny metal tentacles draped around your body in a manner that's at once elegant, mysterious, protective, and singularly serene. Stop passersby in their tracks with your tentacular couture and possibly summon a Great Old One simply by walking …

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Impossible Cuteness vs. Monday Blues: Fox Kit and Badger Cub Edition

A new week has begun and, whether you're excited about it, utterly indifferent, or up to your eyebrows in dread, this trio of interspecies orphan friends is here to transport you to an uplifting realm of cuteness, even if only for a few moments. So let's try to forget our worries and focus on Phoebe …

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TGIF: Thank Goodness for Interspecies Friendship

Meet Maru the hamster and Mogu the cat, two furry and bewhiskered friends who live together with their human, Japanese Twitter user @Hachi_Arnm. They love a good evening cuddle: https://twitter.com/Hachi_Arnm/status/985806749578883073 Followed by some mutual snoot sniffing, after which Maru sets about seeking the softest, warmest place to settle in: https://twitter.com/Hachi_Arnm/status/985808476059258881 https://twitter.com/Hachi_Arnm/status/957217112543473664 Maru also enjoys using Mogu …

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Today in Ancient Arachnid Activities…

Behold the prehistoric perfection of a 20 million-year-old spider exquisitely preserved in Dominican amber while in the act of unweaving their special spider silk. Here's some additional info about Dominican amber from a helpful Redditor: "Dominican amber is amber from the Dominican Republic. This spider was caught in resin from the extinct tree Hymenaea protera, which …

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The Mysterious Fish vs. Monday Blues

Because sometimes what you need most, especially on a Monday, is a video of Nazo no Sakana, aka The Mysterious Fish, mascot of Japanese professional baseball team the Chiba Lotte Marines, retrieving their "luggage" at the Honolulu Airport. The week can't help but look brighter knowing this colorful character walks among us. No one, and I …

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Spooder Moosics: Lucas the Spider’s Encore

Let's celebrate the end of the week and beginning of the weekend with a serenade by my favorite animated arachnid, Lucas the Spider. Lucas was designed and is created by professional animator Joshua Slice, who receives some crucial help from his young nephew Lucas, who voices the fuzzy wee spooder. Lucas the Spider is as outrageously …

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