Imagine the most elegant of dinner parties. The meal: a ground snake. Your guest: a tarantula. No silverware necessary, as your dining partner has brought its digestive juices with it.
Meet the Spider-Tailed Horned Viper, a species that lives in western Iran and uses his tail in the shape of a spider as a lure to attract birds. Snakes and spiders are quite scary per se, but this animal combining both seems like a genetically-modified monster conceived by a mad scientist.
A helium balloon fitted with six telescopes is currently floating over Antarctica. It's called SPIDER, and it could show what happened during the Big Bang. Scientists will use it to search for patterns of polarization that could have only been made in primordial light in the fractions of seconds after the birth of the…
This surprising video shows a bumblebee struggling, trapped on a spider web as the spider approaches to finish the job. All of the sudden, out of nowhere, a second bumblebee appears in the frame, stinging the spider. Deliberate rescue attempt, coincidence, or a viral video for A Bug's Life 2?
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.
Meet Rabbit, the only brown recluse spider you're ever going to feel sorry for. That's because you're watching her be restrained and milked for her super-strong silk. Oof.
From the DIY Laser Guy: "I present my most terrifying laser creation as of yet... the remote controlled death ray drone bot! This beast packs a potent 2W blue laser that fries anything in it's path. It can walk around and shoot it's death ray at the touch of a button."
To the right: the necrotized ear of a 22-year-old dutch woman who just came from vacation in Italy. To the left: the common spider who liquefied its flesh and cartilague with one bite, a Mediterranean brown recluse. I thought these kind of things only happened in exotic countries but this bastard is everywhere, …
The natural world might be awe-inspiring, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t share similarities with the technological world that we inhabit. In fact, as biologists have come to look at creatures in closer detail, they've discovered that some of them have been using basics of engineering—that we now take for…
Remember the time NASA sent some humans into space with a lunar module and had them photograph it from low-Earth orbit?
This robotic spider dress made by Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht and Austrian software developer Daniel Schatzmayr is creeping me out but also turning me on at the same exact time. I don't know what to think—if those crawling spindly robot legs are scary or if they're just sexy.
Its quick-digging antics are kind of endearing (I could watch it toss sand on its head pretty much all day.) At least, until you realize that this six-eyed sand spider is only covering itself so that it can better ambush unsuspecting prey.
I can't stop watching this video. This lovable guy came up with the genius idea to kill a gigantic spider on the wall with brass knuckles. Um, it doesn't end well. Or well, it ends up exactly like how you would imagine. [YouTube]
Seriously. It's not. And no, it's not an image of an ant, either. In fact, the creature you see pictured up top isn't even an insect. Can you guess what it is? Here's a hint: count the legs.
Up close, spiders look like scary alien creatures ready to devour any mammals who dare cross their mandibles. Up extremely close, however, a spider's skin is richly textured, with spiky hairs that resemble industrial towers rising from the landscape.
For many male spiders, having sex means surrendering one or both of their genitals. In some species, up to 75% of males will experience what's known as sexual cannibalism. But this castration carries an advantage: the males become fearsome warriors.
These winged ants are copulating with their queen. Apparently, they didn't notice the big spider who is eating it from the top. Ants are really really really stupid or really really really perverted.
The world's best violins come with strings made from catgut—which isn't typically from cats, but does definitely come from the inside of an animal. If you want a more vegetarian alternative, though, how about a set made from spider silk?