Well, it’s been a while I didn’t update my website but you know, I was busy with shit… yes, well, shit-like animals I must admit. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a perv, but it’s just that into nature there’s more than one species that look like other animal’s poop (scientists call it “fecal mimicry”)!
Mimicry is among the most studied topic in Natural History and camouflage can be really striking sometimes. The day I found my first dung-mimic spider (Phrynarachne sp.) in Borneo I understood once again why.
There are moments and experiences that just stay there, in your mind, forever. And they come up when you’re doubtful of the future, about what you’ve done of your life. They come to mind also during lighter and happier moments, as when you remember them together with the people that were there with you. The Giant Alpine spider Vesubia jugorum is the keeper-species of one of those experiences.
I always called this way, the “Galapagos of wolf spiders”, these nice islands in the Atlantic ocean. They’re far from land, old and quite different from each other.
Even the “strongest” predators, armed with powerful venom and fast moves can pass thought delicate times. That’s the case of the molting period, during which some of these animals must change their external skeleton (called exoskeleton) in order to grow.
Hey all! Ciao! Just a very fast note to let you all know that until 5 January 2016 my “the gladiator crab” image can be voted inside the People’s Choice Award for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015!
Domenica 27 settembre sarò ospite del Festival dei Gufi a Grazzano Visconti (PC) per una proiezione fotografica dedicata come mio solito ai piccoli predatori, questa volta specificamente a quelli notturni, come i gufi e civette simbolo dell’evento. Si intitolerà “Predatori nella notte, quelli piccoli e senza piume”.