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Male Black Widows Go To Crazy Lengths To Keep A Female To Themselves

You probably already know male black widow spiders are risking their lives when they go courting—but it’s actually worse than that. They face tough competition for the “honor” of mating. Once a virgin black widow female puts up a pheromone-laden mating web, males run in from all around to try their luck. » 7/16/15 6:40pm 7/16/15 6:40pm

How Male Spiders Can Feel Sex Even Without a Penis

Male spiders don’t have a penis – all their sex is digital. After ejaculating onto a tiny piece of webbing, a male sucks his sperm into a chamber at the tip of one of the short limbs on his head. Once he convinces a female to accept him, he’ll push that appendage inside her genital opening and (hopefully) make some… » 7/09/15 2:40pm 7/09/15 2:40pm

4-acre spider web may be the grossest thing you will see this Halloween*

This report on a 4-acre spider web covering a building has made shiver and curl in disgust. You are looking at the Baltimore Wastewater Treatment Plant, where 4 acres of their facility were covered by a spider web made by an estimated 107 million spiders. That's 35,176 spiders per cubic meter! » 10/31/14 4:08pm 10/31/14 4:08pm

Our Hot, Bright Cities Are Spawning Gigantic Spiders

File this one under: Oh HELL no. While we know that our ever-industrializing lifestyles make survival tough for animals like birds and mountain lions, in at least one case urbanization is helping a species to thrive. Thanks to the artificial conditions we create, our cities are growing ultrafertile megaspiders. » 8/20/14 4:15pm 8/20/14 4:15pm

Alien monsters or awesome spiders, I just love these little guys

I can't stop looking at the extraordinary photos by Thomas Shahan, an Oregon-based artist and microphotographer who creates amazing portraits of arthropods, including these awesome jumping spiders. His beautiful monsters don't make me run in fear, but make me smile (knowing they are tiny, that is.) In fact, some of… » 1/30/14 11:21am 1/30/14 11:21am

Staring at these spiders straight in the eyes is sucking my soul away

I can't do it. These photographs by photographer Jimmy Kong are absolutely fantastic in capturing the venomous detail of spiders in their habitat. They look positively alien and almost peaceful. But don't you dare think that. Not for a second. Because once you think these fur ball mini aliens come in peace, the… » 1/23/14 10:08pm 1/23/14 10:08pm

Badass spider uses insect corpses to make a giant spider design decoy

Like in Game of Thrones, where the Iron Throne was forged from the swords of all the enemies Aegon the Conqueror defeated, this Cyclosa spider uses its dead enemies' bodies to build a big fake spider decoy design to sit on. Seriously, the spider uses its victim's insect corpses to construct a larger spider-shaped… » 1/21/14 9:42pm 1/21/14 9:42pm

RIP Spidernaut: The Space-Traveling Arachnid Is Dead

Her name was Nefertiti. Her species was Phidippus johnsoni. She was the first jumping spider to make it all the way to space and live to tell about it. After spending 100 days aboard the ISS, she successfully readjusted to life on earth where she enjoyed just five days of retirement at the National Museum of Natural… » 12/04/12 11:45am 12/04/12 11:45am