Ladybird Spider - Eresus cinnaberinus ♂
Needless to say why these spiders are known as Ladybird Spiders. Eresus cinnaberinus (Araneae - Eresidae) is one of the most attractive species of its genus, and also one of the most rare.
They live in a vertical tube brownish silk that emerges from the ground, with a series of blue strands, anchored in the ground or nearby objects. The female, black, moves her eggs to the outside during the day and returns them to the nest at night, to maintain a constant temperature. These photos shows a wanderer male, probably looking for a female to mate.
The species occurs in Northern and Central Europe. However, it exhibits two disjunctly distributed color and phenological variants. So, Eresus cinnaberinus was split into two presumptive species: E. cinnaberinus and E. sandaliatus.
Happy First School Day everyone!
Karl Blossfeldt, Pflanzenformen, 1930s. Re-edition griffelkunst 2010, Deutsche Fotothek. Via Schmidt-Auktionen.
Spirit photograph of Arthur Conan Doyle taken by the ‘spirit photographer’ Ada Deane in 1922, the same year in which Conan Doyle’s The Coming of the Fairies tried to convince the British public that fairies and gnomes existed. See the pictures that first fooled the creator of the unfoolable Sherlock Holmes here: http://bit.ly/11foaF7
May your Labor Day be full of right-thinking and celebration!
We found this on our online exhibition, Doodles, Drafts, and Designs: Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian.
Happy Labor Day!
"A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil." -Grover Cleveland
Image: Public Law 53-95: An Act Making Labor Day a Legal Holiday, June 28, 1894. General Records of the U.S. Government, National Archives and Records Administration
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