Peacock Spider Honey

by Angeliska on June 29, 2011


✸ I’ve become very obsessed with Peacock Spiders recently. Certain experiences have been contriving to teach me to look
very closely at the tiny wonders in our world: the mysteries of minutiae, the infinitesimally small and complex creatures who
might otherwise be overlooked in favor of those grander in scale. These wee beasties wave their little legs at you, beckoning.


Dr. Jürgen Otto‘s footage of the courtship and mating behaviour of the Australian peacock spider Maratus volans.

✸ I’ve been getting really excited about Triboluminescence lately. Such a strange phenomenon!

5-10-15-20: Antony – I loved this article from Antony where he talks about his musical influences.
Christian Death, Marc and the Mambas, Nina Simone and Selda! Inspiring as always.

Lakshmi Bai – the Rani (queen) of Jhansi
freedom-fighting warrior heroine from On This Deity


St Clemens, Church of Sts Peter and Paul, Rott-am-Inn, Germany – photo by Paul Koudoun­aris

✸ A wonderful article about the The amazing jeweled skeletons of Europe from Fortean Times


✸ Caddis fly larvae are known to incorporate bits of whatever they can find into their cocoons,
be it fish bone or bits of leaves. Hubert Duprat gave them gold, turquoise, gems and pearls.

“Since the early 1980s, artist Hubert Duprat has been utilizing insects to construct some of his “sculptures.”
By removing caddis fly larvae from their natural habitat and providing them with precious materials, he
prompts them to manufacture cases that resemble jewelers’ creations. Information theory, as explained by
biologists such as Jacques Monod and Henri Atlan, helps us understand what seems to be the insect’s aesthetic
behavior. The activities of the caddis worm, as manipulated by Hubert Duprat, are prompted by the “noise”—
beads, pearls and 18-karat gold pieces — introduced by the artist into the insect’s environment.”

Victorian-Era Dress, Made With 1,000 Beetle Wings, Restored for £50,000
This is my dress. I need it back! Can someone go tell them?

✸ I’ve been meaning to moon about my love for the Kenzo Spring/Summer 2011 show for ages –
of course it’s right up my alley with the combination of hyper-saturated, rich color, exciting prints,
delicate silks and loads of intricate details. I go crazy for anything resembling an ethnic costume,
and this show was a mish-mash of Russian doll, Peruvian shepherdess and Japanese geisha. Heavenly.


It starts out a little dull, but watch and wait for the gorgeous and perfect grand finale. J’ADORE!


✸ The Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) is called so, because it mimics orchid flowers.
They are usually white, but some of them grow little tints of pink over time. They live in papaya trees,
orchids and blossoming frangipani trees in Malaysia, Indonesia & Sumatra.

When everything flies away, the outline of the heart goes black
Hans Christian Andersen’s illustrated “stamp books” from 50Watts

What is Peter Falk Doing in Wings of Desire ?
Oh darling man, you will be missed! I used to watch Columbo and eat dried mangos with a couple of macaws every afternoon.

The Paper Cuts of Chad Merritt featured in Hi-Fructose
Hooray for Chadling! I love that we will be living in the same town very soon!

Norman’s Ghost Hole via Coilhouse
I love this. A lot.

That what I’ve got for right now! Send any bits of excitement + enchantment my way, won’t you?

8 comments

simply divine. xo

by suzanne meow meow on June 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm. #

My god, I’m swooning like a schoolgirl over here! You just filled my brain with treasure! I feel like one of those larvae in a chamber laden with precious metals and jewels. Merci!

by Francesca on June 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm. #

I watched the first video and adored their little jigs but thought ‘Man, they need a soundtrack!’ Then the second video happened and it was like awwwww yisssss. Movin’ and a-groovin’.

by Christina Norton on June 29, 2011 at 9:02 pm. #

In appreciation of mangoes with macaws, I present to you ‘birds NOT bullets’…I do believe you need a pair of these
http://www.christies.com/singing-bird-pistols-en-1422-3.aspx

by lanternamagica on June 30, 2011 at 10:51 am. #

upon further scrutiny of your post, I am even more amazed…that nature was able to so exquisitely replicate George Clinton in arachnid form!

by lanternamagica on June 30, 2011 at 12:15 pm. #

eerie, deary, yer in my brain(and bookmarks) or vice versa

by whelky on June 30, 2011 at 10:02 pm. #

Miss F. – Can you even HANDLE those jeweled cocoons? I knew you’d like that! Sooo amazing. Sigh! xoxox lovelovelove

by Angeliska on July 1, 2011 at 12:57 am. #

Oh, I love that colourful dandified gentleman spider! What a flirt he is! I saw that a month or so ago…do I understand correctly that if he doesn’t make a, er…connection…that he might become a tasty snack? Maybe by the very mate he was trying to attract? Perhaps I was not paying attention, I may have to give it another watch.

I was so intrigued by Norman’s Ghost Hole that I had to track down a source as there was none listed in the tumblr that Nadya found it at. Here is what I found!

The Orton and Spooner Collection at the National Fairground Archive:
http://www.nfa.dept.shef.ac.uk/history/miscellaneous_articles/article19e.html

Some history of George Orton and Sons, the company that built the ride, or the show-front, or whatever it was.
http://www.fairground-heritage.org.uk/newsite/learn/people-ortons.html

by mlle ghoul on July 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm. #

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