Ento-musings from the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Hermit Crabs on Survivor

by Blake Newton, UK Extension Entomologist

After all these years, I'm still a big fan of Survivor. One of my favorite things about the show is the nature footage used to segway between scenes: I often get to see interesting arthropods from exotic locations. This season (Heroes vs Villains) is being filmed on Samoa, and on the most recent episode I saw a couple of cool things, including a very large orb-weaver spider that may have been the Golden Silk Orb Weaver (or a close relative), a spider that is common in the southern U.S. But this episode was all about the hermit crabs! I learned that hermit crabs will hunt for and kill live insects: the one on this episode captured a confused cicada. Also: a hermit crab can apparently be eaten. The villains were cooking one in their firepit. I didn't see them actually eating it, though.

Well, I've written another post about crustaceans. That's three in about a month. Maybe this blog should be called the Daily Carcinologist?


  1. the Daily Carcinologist just doesn't have the same ring to it!

  2. Yes, and now i'm rethinking the "Daily" thing altogether. There's already a Daily Beast and a Daily Astronomer. Maybe I should host a "rename our blog" contest?

  3. That would be great! I could come up with a few ideas