14 Jul '12, 12am

The Annotated Budak: Vapouriser by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Vapouriser by @budak

Neither scorpion nor spider, uropygids occupy a minor branch of the arachnid tree, with just a single family, 16 genera and slightly more than a hundred named species. In profile, they resemble their venomous cousins, with a low-slung torso and implements of menace on both ends of the trunk. But instead of tapering to a bulbous sting, the rear of the abdomen, which is visibly segmented into sclerotised plates, is attached to a short, cylindrical pygidium and a long, thin flagellum. Though regarded as homologous to the telson of true scorpions, the latter organ is innocuous, being loaded with receptors attuned to airborne currents. The filament is sensitive to faint shifts in ambient pressure, be it from a mild draft or the approach of another body, and can be directed towards the source of the disruption. With tactile aid from the antenniform forelegs, the animal can deter...

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budak.blogs.com 14 Jul '12, 9am

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budak.blogs.com 17 Jul '12, 1am

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budak.blogs.com 06 Jul '12, 2am

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budak.blogs.com 13 Jul '12, 4pm

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budak.blogs.com 05 Jul '12, 9am

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The Annotated Budak: Two Butterflies (by @budak)

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budak.blogs.com 18 Jul '12, 2am

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budak.blogs.com 07 Jul '12, 10am

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The Annotated Budak: Hooter by @budak

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budak.blogs.com 02 Jul '12, 1pm

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budak.blogs.com 04 Jul '12, 6am

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budak.blogs.com 26 Jul '12, 8am

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