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Westring’s Spiny Spider - Gasteracantha westringi 

This beauty is a female of the species Gasteracantha westringi (Araneidae), distinctive by its green, orange and yellow colored patterns, very dark cherry red spines and pits decorating the flared abdomen, much wider than long. 

Known from Australia (Northern Territory to North Queensland), Admiralty Island, New Caledonia and Norfolk Island, this tiny spider (the females measure about 8 mm) was described under its present name in 1864 only with the female. The male of this species is poorly known and it is much smaller than the female (only 3mm).

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Photo credit: ©Craig Nieminski | Locality: Point Stuart, Northern Territory, Australia


Another example of the censoring they did with Digimon Fusion. To the left is Fusion, and to the right is Xros Wars. I understand that people in America these days have no tolerance for pointless things like this, but Lilithmon’s seductive body is part of her character. I hope they don’t fuck up Mervamon too much, though…..


I find that the changing of ENGLISH names in the dubs of shows is downright stupid. Especially in the Digimon series. Lilith is something that has appeared in several children-themed games (Lilith Pleasant from the Sims 2 is an example). Changing it to Laylamon honestly reminds me of when Aisha from Winx Club was named Layla in the 4Kids dub. I get that kids may like it with Layla instead of Lilith or Aisha, but it just feels like they were being lazy.

Note from Rika: We decided to post a picture of Willis instead, because he’s also an example of how the dubbers changed an English name into another English name. We would have used a picture of Laylamon, but we couldn’t find any good-quality screenshots of her that we haven’t used already.

"Your life is perfect, you're an honors student"

  • Me:

    I'm upset because I wanted to get an A on this test and I got a B and I'm disappointed in myself

  • Friend:

    SHut up I have a D don't complain you bitch

  • Me:

    no no w-wait you don't understand, I understand that a B is a perfectly good grade and reflects my effort, but I live in an environment with a family who doesn't support that and who pressures me into getting better grades, and if I get B's, the consequences are not fun.

  • Friend:


  • Me:

    no, actually my life's not that easy. I'm struggling with a perfectionist family, an anxiety disorder, a social life, expectations to keep a perfect GPA, and also regularly exercise and maintain a certain weight. I have a lot of things stressing me out and grades are one of them, your mother's reaction to your D is my mother's reaction to my B, I was raised in a household where my "gifted-and-talented" label cursed me from grade school to be expected to have a perfect, charmed, talented life. That doesn't mean my life is any of those things.

  • Friend:


  • Me:

    I guess I won't talk about it then. I'm sorry, your problems are more legit than mine. My bad.

  • Friend:

    God she's weird. She thinks HER life is hard.

  • Me the next week:

    Hey guys I got an A on this math test, I worked really hard and I'm super proud

  • Friend:

    Oh god of COURSE she got an A, she probably didn't even study. She's perfect. WHY ARE YOU SO PERFECT

  • Me:

    No actually I've struggled with this subject for a while and I used to be in the lower class but I worked really hard and studied and got a tutor and got my grade up and now I'm in honors....

  • Friend:

    But you're so smart you don't have to try like we do

  • Me:

    Am I even speaking the same language as you people? Do you not understand that I work just as hard as any of you? That my stresses and worries in life may be different but are just as valid? Am I being completely selfish by being proud of a grade I worked for and wanting credit for the fact that I worked /hard/ on it, it wasn't just LUCK? Is that so horrible of me?

  • Friend:

    ... well anyway congrats on your A we all knew you'd get one anyway lol

  • Parent:

    Gosh I don't understand how you could possibly have an anxiety problem or any stress, if you're stressed about grades or anything why don't you just TALK to someone? Friends? Us? Teachers? Counselors?

  • Me:

    I try but they shut me out and try to tell me that I don't have issues because I'm "perfect." You know what I just give up, I guess my problems aren't worthy enough for anyone to listen. I'm probably overreacting. I'm sorry.

  • Everyone:

    well isn't she such a little goody-goody with her perfect life gosh I just hate her and now she's acting all distant what the hell




if anyone ever asks me what tumblr is i’m gonna show them this video and just walk away


This is an accurate representation of Tumblr.

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Fuzzy (par MerMate)

Costasiella sp. found on Avrainvillea sp. algae, with a ribbon of eggs.

Beautiful photo of a cute Costasiella sea slug, showing the tiny black ocelli close together between the pair of long and dark rhinophores, and the cerata (finger-like projections), pink at the tips and filled with green stuff.

This is one of the genus in the Limapontiidae family (order Sacoglossa) whose species have the ability to symbiotically retain functional chloroplasts within cells of the digestive tract.

I wonder how many people scrolled by thinking this was an artichoke or a cactus on their dash.

Everyone take a moment to appreciate that it has a little white face with ridiculous beady black eyes (and yes, those really are the eyes)



Don’t Cry For Me, Arthropoda: Studies Find Signs of Emotion in Spiders

Individual spiders have character and personality, according to a paper published by theProceedings of the Royal Society B. The paper, titled Individual personalities shape task differentiation in a social spider, gives details of a study into role allocation in spider societies.

It was previously assumed that individuals in social spider communities contributed homogenously, with all tasks, such as prey capture and colony defence, being performed equally by members.

The study focused on Stegodyphus sarasinorum, a permanently social spider occurring in India and some surrounding countries. Led by Lena Grinsted of Aarhus University in Denmark, over 600 spiders were marked and observed, with tests singling out boldness and aggression. Variances in response showed that individuals were suited to particular roles. 

Individuals in the test group were highly related and of approximately the same age: the only variable was apparently their personality. The study suggests that task allocation is the result of character traits in individual spiders; personality does not appear to be shaped by random selection of task perfomance, therefore.

Character and personality are often attributed only to humans, higher order mammals, and birds. Now it appears that arthropods also have responses that could be considered emotional.


Photo: Stegodyphus sarasinorum spiders, marked for identification

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