About the Project

The ZooTrophy Animal-a-Day project began on October 15th, 2013 as illustrator Angela "LemurKat" Oliver began working her way, systematically but selectively, through the alphabet and presenting, via social media, an illustrated animal to the world. Daily.

All pieces are drawn as 2.5 x 3.5 inch collectible cards, using a combination of polychromos and prismacolor pencils, along with other art materials. Many are still available for purchase ($10) or trade, so drop her an email if anything captures your eye or if there is an animal you wish to request.

It is predicted this project will take her at least two years to complete - with approximately 36 animals being drawn for each letter. She has also used the images to create a collectible hardback encyclopedia series, playing cards and a desk calendar, as well as the ZooTrophy collectible trading card game.

Monday, January 18, 2016

#792: Velvet Spider

Most of the Velvet Spider species are found in the Old World - the Mediterranean, Africa, Europe - with one species found in South America. Many are referred to as "ladybird spiders" due to her distinctive colouration. They display some unique behavioral traits, with some forming a social colony that cooperate in brood-raising. More unusually, the Seothyra species plays brood host to her own offspring, feeding them first by regurgitating her own liquified insides, and then, when those are gone, they devour what is left of her.

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