Archive for August 16th, 2012

16
Aug
12

Basic Black Caddis Patterns

Basic Black is an underutilized color for Caddis patterns. Whether the standard Elk Hair Caddis (L) or the X-Caddis (R), it is an excellent eye catching pattern for trout. It is, under low light conditions, a bit harder to see (for you).

16
Aug
12

Spider Identification Needed (Update)

Unidentified Spider on an Iowa desktop (Trey Hyatt)

SwittersB received this email message seeking assistance on identifying the photographed spider. Any one have a timely suggestion? A Wolf Spider?

“Hello Sir

We live in a rural-ish house surrounded by farmland etc. We found this spider creeping along our stairs, and us being tremendously freaked out sprayed it with ant and spider killer. Upon being sprayed… this thing would charge 1-2 feet straight at you.. or anyone that would get close. I believe I found it to be a Hobo spider based on a picture on your website, or a member of the wolf or grass spider. I really have no idea. Could you confirm or point me in the right direction, please? I attached a few photos, if you wouldn’t mind taking a look.”

Trey Hyatt/Iowa

Identify This Spider for Trey Hyatt of Iowa

This is a response from Rod Crawford, an Arachnologist for UW:

“I am a specialist on spiders of the states of Washington and Alaska. I have never been to Iowa and do not know the spiders that live there visually.The photo showing the spider on the desk shows no significant details, being just about enough to indicate that it’s a spider, but no more.The closeup photo is a little better but also shows no species-ID characters, I can’t even see the eyes which are the first things one looks at in classifying a spider (color and “markings” mean zero). The shape of the carpaace resembles some members of the fishing-spider family. Definitely not a hobo spider or anything dangerous.To get a species ID you’d have to ship the actual specimen here to me in Seattle (or to one of the many arachnologists who are closer to you, like in Ohio or Wisconsin).

Finally – wouldn’t YOU try to defend yourself if some unprovoked assailant sprayed poison gas in your face?”

—Rod Crawford, Burke Museum, Seattle, USA <tiso@u.washington.edu>

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             Check out the “Spider Myths Web Site”!
        http://www.burkemuseum.org/spidermyth/index.html
and find out why everything “everybody knows” about spiders is wrong!

Hmmm? “Unprovoked assailant”? 

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Update from Trey Hyatt re another spider in the house and a picture (8/24/2012):

“I previously sent you a few pictures of a spider we killed in our house. Think it was up between a wolf / hobo of some sort and you had sent the pictures to a spider expert in washington. Since then, I’ve killed another one in the same spot.. possibly a tad smaller, but just as aggressive as the previous one. I’ve included a few pictures. I have no found anything on the internet that I’ve considered a perfect match other than the hobo spider possibly? Have you found anything else out?

Unknown spider in Iowa. Help ID (Trey Hyatt)

16
Aug
12

Chesapeake Bay’s Menhaden Overharvesting: Omega & the Union

“I live on the chesapeake and encourage everyone to take 5 minutes and do a couple google searches. It will open your eyes and deeply sadden you at the same time. We have commercial boats from Omega corp cleaning every last menhaden out of the bay. These fish are VERY important to our eco system but unfortunately Omega Protein also has lots of money to give to our local politicians. Spread the word.” Comment at SwittersB from Blair a concerned citizen near Chesapeake Bay.

Catch of increasingly decimated Menhaden fish by Omega (2009)

So, I am being a bit sarcastic here and I admittedly don’t know the scale of resistance toward this seeming over harvest of the fish by Omega…but, I don’t find much on this as a cause for the activist that pine away over Pebble and over harvest in the North Atlantic? Perhaps not the same magnitude? Perhaps the poor Manhaden is not as revered? Perhaps the folks of Chesapeake Bay don’t pack the same cultural weight as the Alaskan tribes, not the commercial fishermen? Just asking. Just wondering??? Perhaps there is a full fledged movement to stop or moderate Omega Protein’s harvest rate? Is it monitored? Certainly the Obama Administration and his enviro guru’s are dialed in on this fish oil, pet food, fertilizer manufacturer??? Someone Trying?

Maybe we need a circle decal with Omega in the middle and a line drawn through. Of course, such feel good, spread the word tools may be too late for the lowly Menhaden?

Someone please enlighten me and not in that indignant tone please. What is being done? Please note the link I provided was posted in 2009, the picture from 2009….it was a supposed problem then. The comment from Blair is now.




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