Researchers from the UK and Spain have shown that spiders are capable of tuning their webs, allowing these eight-legged critters to receive specific information about their environment, including the presence of prey, potential mates, and the structural condition of the web.
Trap-jaw spiders hunt by sneaking up on their prey and rapidly snapping their mandibles shut, but scientists weren’t entirely sure about the mechanics involved. Using high-speed video, researchers from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History have chronicled just how these spiders manage such an impressive…
Well, helllooo! Meet one of the only arachnids that we'd actually call "cute," a newly-identified species of peacock spider dubbed "Sparklemuffin." Another new discovery, "Skeletorus" (which is also pretty cute, with added mod-meets-goth flair), is pictured below.
There's a story currently making the rounds about an Australian man who, upon returning from a trip to Bali, discovered that a spider burrowed under his skin and traveled up to his chest. Freaky? Yes, but it's also not plausible.
A European garden spider recently stumbled upon a rather amazing solution to a serious problem. It wanted to weave its web across the top of a garage, but the angle of the roof was too shallow for anchoring. So it did what any industrious spider would do — it suspended a rock to anchor the bottom of the web.
After modeling the exceptionally well-preserved remains of a 410 million-year-old arachnid, researchers from the University of Manchester in the UK used an open-source computer graphics program to bring the extinct predator back to virtual life.
Scientists have identified a new — and exceptionally agile — cartwheeling-spider. Oh, and did we mention that they've also built it a robotic companion?
There are more than 5000 species of jumping spider. This one, spotted in an Ecuadorian reserve by zoologist Wayne Maddison is both fascinating and terrifying.
The kidney garden spider, or pale orb weaver (Araneus mitificus), would be a fascinating critter on its own, but the fact that it looks just like the Pringles man makes it even more awesome.
Seriously, even if spiders give you the heebie-jeebies, you need to watch this. With a little bit of audio editing, a tarantula shedding its exoskeleton becomes cute—even if it's still a bit creepy.
That's right, this Amazonian arachnid can fling its web at your face. But it prefers to take aim at tasty bugs rather than wait for them to walk onto its web.
How, you ask? By watching this absolutely terrifying Vine video of a giant ball of spiders basically exploding.
For some male spiders, sex can come with a very high price: Death. How, then, do they get it on without becoming their cannibalistic mate's snack? Scientists have found that male orb-web spiders save their skin by performing a smooth move called the "shudder," which has the amazing ability to reduce female aggression.
Did we stutter? Almost one million Toyotas. Recalled. Because spiders.
Hey, remember that time you thought a spider bit you? Well, it probably didn't. According to arachnologists, that "bite" you got was more likely from one of the many other creepy-crawlies out there. It could even be an infection (unrelated to spiders).
In certain species of spiders and insects, females kill and eat their mates after sex. But the dark fishing spider experiences a very odd twist on this gruesome tale.
Earlier this month, the UN released a paper touting the nutritional and environmental benefits of insects. The paper caused quite a stir in the media, with a mix of fascination, head-nodding, and not a little revulsion. But why is the UN advocating entomophagy? Why aren't we eating bugs already? And should you really…
Today in nightmare fuel: scientists now believe bat-eating spiders to be more widely distributed around the globe than previously realized. According to newly published research, bat-predation by spiders has been observed on every continent on Earth — Antarctica being the sole exception. As if this video evidence that…
Entomologist Steven Kutcher has worked as a wrangler of creepy crawlies on movies like Arachnophobia, Jurassic Park, and James and the Giant Peach. But his artist interest in insects and arachnids go beyond the silver screen. He also dips their bodies in paint and places them on a canvas, letting his tiny artists…
Daddy longlegs don't pose a threat to humans, but the following species from Laos may unnerve those readers with hair-trigger squeamishness. This arachnid — which is known as a harvestman — boasts a 33-centimeter legspan and was discovered in the Laotian province of Khammouan by Dr. Peter Jäger of Frankfurt's…