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

Holy Crap, Here's a 100-Million-Year-Old Spider Eating a Wasp

100 million years ago, when dinosaurs were still around, this spider had captured a wasp in his web. The wasp was going to be the spider's dinner. The wasp was going to die watching the spider kill him. The wasp was going to—SPLAT. At that exact moment—one hundred million freaking years ago—tree resin flowed over on… » 10/08/12 7:40pm 10/08/12 7:40pm

Excuse Me Sir but I Believe There's a Giant Spider on Your Back

Those of you with arachnophobia may want to turn away from your monitors. This enormous inflatable spider puppet was built by UK artist Tim Davies for street and carnival performances. Details are still scarce on its inner workings or controls but Davies mentions that the legs are "air-powered." [TD Artwork via … » 1/23/12 11:00pm 1/23/12 11:00pm