Here’s a fun fact to chew on while planning your next vacation: the southwestern United States is brimming with tarantula diversity. Today in the journal ZooKeys, biologists describe 14 previously unknown species of tarantulas living in the American Southwest, including Aphonopelma johnnycashi. Country music legend…
Researchers are working on a new kind of chemical sensor—one made of light and spiderwebs. This thin, yet ultra strong, material has two properties that make it ideal for this purpose: its ability to channel light and its reactivity.
Freaking spiders, always getting up on the camera lens like they want to be astronomers, too.
A very particular shade of blue hair has evolved independently on eight separate occasions and in at least three different ways in tarantulas, a new study finds. And scientists are having a hell of a time figuring out why.
Walking into a spiderweb just got creepy. Those sticky strands clinging to your hair and face? They’re smeared with traces of the spider’s last meal, according to a fascinating new analysis of spiderweb DNA.
Male animals can be greedy about paternity. They’ve evolved a ton of different strategies to help them monopolize a female’s eggs. Beating up rivals is a general favorite. Some species use long bouts of sex to keep females away from new mates. Still others stop up female genitals with gooey plugs or bits of broken…
When your work involves balancing on thin threads, wrapping up struggling prey, and trying to bite it, you can expect a few accidents—especially if the prey can bite back. One group of spiders has an effective solution for when they get bitten by venomous prey.
Catherine Scott is a graduate student working toward her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. She’s studying the courtship behavior of black widow spiders. That means that her experiments often involve waiting for spiders to have sex.
Arachnologists have found a whole new genus of spiders in the deserts of Namibia and South Africa, and a couple of the new species seem to have some peculiar habits.
Biologists have terrifying news: some spiders can fly. Of course, technically they’re just gliding, but that’s still a feat for a creature with eight legs and no wings. It’s also a big surprise for biologists.
The bite of a Brazilian wandering spider might not kill you, but it can make you wish you were dead. The cocktail of toxins in its venom produces a suite of not-so-delightful effects like swelling, intense pain, paralysis, and if you’re male, a painful erection that lasts for hours.
This giant “communal” spiderweb was recently spotted at Lakeside Park in Rowlett, Texas.
We’re in the thick of summer now, which means one thing. The creepy crawly bugs are out. But don’t be afraid. For this week’s Shooting Challenge, grab your camera and take some photos.
He’s got a bright blue mask, flashy racing stripes, and dance moves he’s ready to use on some lucky lady. Say hello to Maratus personatus, a newly-named species of peacock spider from Western Australia.
Have you ever looked out into your backyard at night and wondered how many spiders are lurking out there? If you have a flashlight, you can spot them by the creepy green glow of their eyes.
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.
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…
Hate spiders all you want, there’s no river wide enough to keep them away. Turns out, nature’s crafty little web builders are also master sailors, using their legs to catch the wind and their silk to anchor their bodies on water.
Wolf spiders are deaf—they don’t have the right structures for hearing. However, they are very good at sensing other kinds of vibrations, and they use this ability to communicate. One species of wolf spider plays songs on dead leaves to attract mates.