Spider Sunday, Puerto Rico edition
We had an amazing time recharging our science batteries and exploring the island of Puerto Rico for a few days this August:
We spent much of the vacation out and about in Nature, meeting new (to us) birds and frogs and lizards, and some really cool plants.
One surprising find was seeing our old friend, the golden orb weaver. We even saw one outside the Cueva Ventana that had succumb to a fungal infection of some sort:
Dead Golden orb-weaver. Check out the fungus growing out of the leg joints.
I showed this image to a mycologist friend and they thought the fungus may be from the genus Beauveria. In all of my years living in orb-weaver infested Gainesville FL, I have never seen a dead banana spider! Had to share!
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