I've been drawing spiders since I was a young teenager, and late in my undergrad career did many illustrations, most for a never-completed project for Agriculture Canada. I also made many illustrations for my dissertation (on the jumping spider Pelegrina). To me, the drawings not only help me learn the structure of the animal much better than casual inspection, but also celebrate its beauty -- a celebration that I think is important if we are to build an appreciation of the living world around us, and choose to preserve it.
Other illustrations of mine can be seen in the Pelegrina pages of the Tree of Life (the genus on which I did a monograph for my dissertation), and the pages for Habronattus, Habronattus coecatus, H. notialis, H. calcaratus, H. trimaculatus, H. pugillis, and H. alachua.
(Touch on the small images to see a larger version.)
|Habronattus calcaratus male in courtship pose ©1979 Agriculture Canada||Third leg of male Habronattus cuspidatus ©1979 Agriculture Canada||Male Habronattus cuspidatus ©1979 Agriculture Canada|
* the indicated illustrations are copyright and owned by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada