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21

Aug

Spiders love city life, grow larger than their country kinThe bright lights of the big city also play a role in increased fertility for urban arachnids, a study finds.

Spiders love city life, grow larger than their country kin
The bright lights of the big city also play a role in increased fertility for urban arachnids, a study finds.

21

Jun

Spiders dine on fish everywhere except AntarcticaA nursery web spider will wait along a water source for a fish to brush up against its legs, and then plunge into the water to inject a toxin into the fish.

Spiders dine on fish everywhere except Antarctica
A nursery web spider will wait along a water source for a fish to brush up against its legs, and then plunge into the water to inject a toxin into the fish.

05

Jun

Spiders fine-tune their webs like a musical instrumentSpiders use their vibrating webs almost like an external sense organ, allowing them to gather sonic information about their environment.

Spiders fine-tune their webs like a musical instrument
Spiders use their vibrating webs almost like an external sense organ, allowing them to gather sonic information about their environment.

23

May

This Best in Show winner has 8 hairy legsThe British Tarantula Society’s annual exhibition drew more than 30,000 spiders and their keepers, and this year a Socotra Island blue baboon took the show’s top title.

This Best in Show winner has 8 hairy legs
The British Tarantula Society’s annual exhibition drew more than 30,000 spiders and their keepers, and this year a Socotra Island blue baboon took the show’s top title.

09

May

New spider species cartwheels down sand dunesThe spider has a cousin, but instead of tumbling leg over leg, the spider cousin just rolls its body along the dunes.

New spider species cartwheels down sand dunes
The spider has a cousin, but instead of tumbling leg over leg, the spider cousin just rolls its body along the dunes.

11

Apr

Daddy longleg spiders once had four eyesWhile contemporary harvestmen spiders have lost that second pair of eyes, researchers have found genetic remnants of the extra eyes in the spiders’ DNA.

Daddy longleg spiders once had four eyes
While contemporary harvestmen spiders have lost that second pair of eyes, researchers have found genetic remnants of the extra eyes in the spiders’ DNA.

19

Jan

Male spiders twerk like their lives depend on itThe abdomen-shaking the male black widows performed is an incredibly ‘complex’ way of signaling they’re not prey for the females.

Male spiders twerk like their lives depend on it
The abdomen-shaking the male black widows performed is an incredibly ‘complex’ way of signaling they’re not prey for the females.

24

Dec

We felt it was appropriate to give arachnids a little PR boost with a pageant — we won’t go so far to call it a beauty pageant — that recognizes some of the most remarkable spiders on Earth. We’ve picked a spider to represent each of eight different categories — from best legs to most industrious. And, yes, some of these superlative spiders are rather large and all are venomous, so if this is a sensitive topic, proceed with caution.
8 superlative spiders

11

Dec

Why some tarantula bites are more harmful than othersCertain species deliver more of a wallop in a bite than others even without poisons, and that can lead to hot flashes and severe cramps.

Why some tarantula bites are more harmful than others
Certain species deliver more of a wallop in a bite than others even without poisons, and that can lead to hot flashes and severe cramps.

20

Oct

The jumping spider family (Salticidae) is a massive group composed of around 5,000 individual species of agile hunters that excel at leaping from branch to branch, tree to tree — or web to unsuspecting victim’s hair. And with their bulging (anterior median) eyes and curious expressions, some types of jumping spiders are — dare we say? — kind of cute.8 superlative spiders — See them all!

The jumping spider family (Salticidae) is a massive group composed of around 5,000 individual species of agile hunters that excel at leaping from branch to branch, tree to tree — or web to unsuspecting victim’s hair. And with their bulging (anterior median) eyes and curious expressions, some types of jumping spiders are — dare we say? — kind of cute.
8 superlative spiders — See them all!