Long-horned Orb-weaver Spider (Macracantha arcuata, Araneidae)
As members of the orb-weaver family of spiders, these amazing creatures build the typical circular web of their cousins across pathways so you can walk into them in the dark. The purpose of the disproportionately long body horns however remains a mystery. This is one of the larger individuals I have come across; each horn is about 45mm in length.
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
See more Chinese spiders and arachnids on my Flickr site HERE…..
Unexpected Renaissance Sense of Humor
Anonymous Flemish artist, Satirical Diptych, early 16th century, oil on panel. Université de Liège
- Leave this panel closed, otherwise you’ll be angry with me.
- It’s not my fault because I warned you in advance!
- The more we want to warn you, the more you’ll want to jump out the window.
Giving a precise meaning is not easy. This type of art is extremely rare in the sixteenth century. You can find similar correspondents in some paintings by Hieronymus Bosch and Quentin Massys, but they are only minor elements and not the main topic.
A woman in a yellow dress uses an umbrella to keep dry in Saint Louis, Missouri, November 1965.
Photograph by Bruce Dale, National Geographic