it's time! in my weekly roundup of arachnid photos, art, news, and science:

- sweet and/or gruesome Valentines content
- Lucas the Spider makes the jump to Cartoon Network
- cool discoveries about spider & mite microbiomes
- Asian net-casting spiders get reclassified
…and more! [CW spiders…perhaps obviously…]


@nev @carcinopithecus
"In at least one case, Wolbachia inserted itself into a pillbug genome and became a new sex chromosome." !!!

@nev @carcinopithecus I've read about a variety of Wolbachia weirdnesses before but I'd missed or forgotten the "become a sex chromosome" one.

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