AN ODE TO SALTICIDS

One of the highlights of this year’s Christmas viewing has been this gorgeous little video by Snake Buddies, featuring Jürgen Otto’s incredible footage of peacock spiders – anyone who isn’t acquainted with his work should immediately follow this link to his YouTube channel. While I don’t have anything remotely as impressive, I agree that salticids (aka jumping spiders) … More AN ODE TO SALTICIDS

ARMY ANT

Here I am on another plane, writing blog posts when I should really be planning how I’m going to be spending my next few days in primatology nirvana. We’re on our way to Chicago for the joint meeting of the International Primatological Society and American Society of Primatologists (ooh err), the program is 82 pages … More ARMY ANT

PHYLLOMEDUSA

So, as promised, here is something to counter all of last week’s eight-legged offerings (not that spiders can’t be adorable in their own right). There are lots of different species belonging to Phyllomedusa, but they all look like they have been plucked straight from the pages of a children’s book and deposited into the jungle … More PHYLLOMEDUSA

NIGHT WALK

‘South America is the home of some of the strangest, some of the loveliest and some of the most horrifying animals in the world’. So reads the first sentence of David Attenborough’s Zoo Quest books, which I would highly recommend you try and get your hands on (they’ve been out of print for a good … More NIGHT WALK

MONKEY FACE

Well, I’m back. And not counting an outbreak of V&D that took out most of the field course for a couple of days (now affectionately referred to as the vompocalypse), I have had an awesome month away. Ecuador is famous for having an incredible diversity of habitats despite its small size- and though I still … More MONKEY FACE

GONE TO ECUADOR

Field season is here again! For the next month I’ll be back in the jungle, demonstrating on Manchester University’s tropical ecology field course. The internet connection is, at best, going to be intermittent, but you can’t really complain about such things when you are in one of the most biodiverse places on earth. We’ll be spending … More GONE TO ECUADOR

MANTIS

It’s now under a month until I head off to Ecuador for Manchester’s Tropical Ecology field course, and I’ve been pulling out my field gear to check everything’s in order. Demonstrating on field courses can sometimes get pretty stressful- between praying that your chosen project species will be having a good year and hasn’t chosen … More MANTIS

SPIDER HUNTER

I’ve spent most of this week tucked up on the sofa with a cold, so sadly haven’t been up to much exploring. A sunday afternoon binging on Modern Family however gave me the time to delve into the archives and share these pictures (and video!) of what is surely the most badass of all insects, … More SPIDER HUNTER

MONKEY

I’m writing this half way to Norwich from my new home in London (hopefully more on this later). My new job hardly gives me any time to check normal PhD e-mails, but this week I had some most lovely correspondence from the International Primatological Society telling me my abstract has been accepted for a poster … More MONKEY