July 2022 Spider of the Month

Our July 2022 Spider of the Month (SOTM) is this scorpion-tailed orb-web spider (Arachnura scorpionoides; Araneidae), photographed by Desiré Pelser in Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal. The name “Arachnura” is derived from the ancient Greek “arachne” (spider) and “uro” (tail), and the species epithet scorpionoides is self-explanatory. This “tail” can be moved by the spider, and sometimes it … Read more