Pudding4brains

Pudding4brains

Time restraints due to changed circumstances in life make it impossible to put much time in, so I will be refraining from "socializing" for some time to come (nothing personal!) and restrict myself to just "dumping" (uploading) images to make these available as CC0 / Public Domain for anyone to use. This text used to read: Hobby entomologist interested in many "unpopular" groups (Opiliones, Oniscidea, Microcoryphia, Zygentoma, Dermaptera, Blattodea, Neuroptera, Mecoptera, Raphidioptera etc.
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    1. Comment on Ixodes ricinus - Lateral 10 days ago
      Yup, plus the image shows somewhat how flat they are ;o) Cheers, Arp
    2. Comment on Phalangium opilio - Female on thistle 13 days ago
      Thanks Deb - they're always hard to capture with all them long legs sticking out in every direction *rolleyes* ;o)
      Cheers, Arp
    3. Comment on Ixodes ricinus - Full 13 days ago
      It's an older image, but I suppose the victim must have been Jeanette's dog she still had at the time (died a year later or so). Don't know about the silver ... sorry.
    4. Theoretically I suppose it could find a way to rub/scratch it off, but not too easily. Other than that, these mite larvae will drop off by themselves eventually (after feeding for a while - much like a Tick) and then moult to their next (nymphal) stage, which is already a free-living predator running about in soil litter.
    5. Comment on Phalangium opilio - Male 14 days ago
      Oh wow, that is one awesome Harvestman :o)
      Not retractable as in "can be pulled back into the body" or some such, but fully functional/movable much like a pair of legs (hence these are called "pedipalps").
    6. Comment on Harvestman vs Spider 14 days ago
      In truth, their bodies are more "compact" with the cephalothorax and abdomen fused into one "body" - it's a more primitive, simple construction. Other Arachnids such as Mites (Acari) share this "feature".
    7. Comment on Phalangium opilio - Male 14 days ago
      It is indeed an indication of "manliness" in this species with some males having more and others less developed horns :o)
    8. Comment on Phalangium opilio - Male 14 days ago
      Yes these are horn-like apophysis on the chelicerae. Also "astonishing" on the male Phalangium opilio are the extremely long palps. Here you can see both in a lateral view:
      Phalangium opilio - Male Check the mega-long palps on this one - almost proper legs :o) Arachnida,Daddy longlegs,Eupnoi,Harvestman,Opiliones,Phalangiidae,Phalangioidea,Phalangium,Phalangium opilio,nl: Gewone hooiwagen
    9. Comment on Phalangium opilio - Male 14 days ago
      Yes, I'm aware ... tossed these all in a "collection bin" folder for pre-selection of images for some short article I wrote, but now I have to backtrack and find where I took'm from *rolleyes*
    10. Comment on Anelasmocephalus cambridgei on hand 14 days ago
      Ahw, you should see me after a day in the field :-P ... tad bigger though ...