Torbernite; Margabal, Aveyron, France
By Shaw, George, 1751-1813
Nodder, Frederick Polydore,
Publication info London :Printed for Nodder & co,1789.
The Dancing White Lady is a great, big spider from the Namib Desert in southern Africa.
They spend their days hidden in underground burrows and emerge at night to hunt for insects and lizards which they find by detecting the vibrations of footsteps.
These hunting expeditions occur within a short range of the burrow entrance, but males can travel over 100 metres in search of a mate.
He communicates with the female via the timeless medium of dance. Tapping the ground outside her burrow sends down vibrations that ask her to come out, but not eat him. She doesn’t always oblige…
…Images: James Anderson
Amazonian royal flycatchers are typically drab-looking brown birds. During courtship, however, both sexes display a brightly colored crest that is normally hidden from view. It is rare among birds for both males (red) and females (yellow) to have such colorful markings.
Image credit: Andrew Snyder
Hey baby, wanna see my crest?