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…
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.
While we typically think of spiders as the ones eating insects, spider wasps (members of the family Pompilidae) prey on spiders. This video captures a showdown between a tarantula and one of these spider-hunting wasps. Who will survive?
What is the perfect visual companion to the twanging and screaming of sludge metal band The Body's track The Empty Hearth? How about the twitching dances of a few large and hairy spiders?
Tarantulas can be found all over the world. If you live in North America, there's a good chance that any tarantula you've crossed paths with has been brown, but more vibrant-looking variations do exist. Case in point: Typhochlaena costae, one of the many species of South American tree-climbing tarantulas described in…
If you're an arthropod, molting your exoskeleton is one of those uncomfortable realities of life. (Hello, spider crab!) Just ask this Burgundy Goliath Birdeater tarantula (Theraphosa stirmi), who can rock up to an 11-inch legspan. Even this critter must discard his exoskeleton every so often — here's some footage of…
Researchers measured how the brain responds to fear, by sticking people inside fMRI machines and pretending to put tarantulas on their feet.
Apologies if you suffer from arachnophobia, and did not expect a picture of a tarantula to ever appear on Gizmodo. Sky seemingly thinks the only way to cure a fear of spiders is to show them some—in 3DTV.
In 2009, a man from Leeds visited an eye specialist due to lingering sore eyes. The cause? His pet tarantula had shot tiny hairs at him, lodging in his cornea.
While a lot of horror movies pit helpless humans against gigantic animals, it's often animals who fall prey to more powerful humans. An ad campaign from the Center for Migratory Species recasts humans as the monsters in classic movie posters.