A triangle-weaver spider traps prey by creating a web that when released, it acts as a catapult or a slingshot. Researchers from the University of Akron in Ohio used high-speed cameras to observe the arachnids.
Animals May 16, 2019
How are zombies made? Scientists find out by observing wasps as they 'zombify' spiders to do the hard work for them and build their pupa's protective webs.
Animals May 1, 2019
U.S. researchers developed a novel way of mass-producing spider silk using the animal’s genome and bacteria. If it becomes successful, it will have various applications such as spacesuit repair and bioproduction in space.
Material Science April 4, 2019
A team of scientists in Colombia discovered a new species of spiders and named it after the fictional soldiers from the 'Star Wars' movie. Now called 'Stormtropis,' the new species had never been seen in the country before.
Animals March 15, 2019
Evolutionary biologists identified the creature that has been crawling the earth for nearly 500 million years belong to the Ricinulei group, the arachnids known as hooded tick spiders. Today, the number of horseshoe crabs are diminishing due to the acidification of the oceans.
Animals March 12, 2019
Researchers of a new study released footage of spiders in the Amazon preying on forest vertebrates. They were preying on snakes, opossum, frogs, lizards, and tadpoles.
Animals February 28, 2019
Fossilized remains of spiders that died 110 million years ago were found trapped in a rock in South Korea. The two specimens still have eyes that glow in the dark.
Animals February 19, 2019
A man visiting his grandparents in Brazil woke up to hundreds of spiders floating in the sky one sunny morning. According to experts, the spiders built a giant cobweb above ground to catch mosquitos overnight.
Animals January 13, 2019
NASA's MRO spacecraft has captured a landscape on planet Mars that features what look like crawling spiders. Scientists call this araneiform terrain. How does it form on the Red Planet?
Space July 13, 2018
A woman was rushed to the emergency room after she was bitten by multiple brown recluse spiders. The woman was unaware the spiders were in her apartment.
Healthy Living/Wellness July 7, 2018
Scientists have long known that spiders are able to fly through a behavior named ballooning, where they release silk filaments that are carried by the wind. Researchers, however, have proven that spiders can fly by using just Earth's electric fields.
Animals July 6, 2018
Scientists have found that spiders float in the wind by releasing nanoscale silks that are thinner than light. As it turned out, spiders could even assess if the wind condition is favorable for ‘flying.’
Animals June 15, 2018
Researchers have found an extremely rare fossil of a 99-million-year-old tick wrapped in spider silk and encased in tree resin. The discovery reveals the ancient interaction of an unlucky tick and an uncompromising spider.
Ancient May 29, 2018
Researchers from Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology produced a material that they said surpassed the strength of spider silk. Called the “super wood,” the material also exceeded the strength of metals, alloys, ceramics, and E-glass fibers.
Material Science May 13, 2018
The Regal jumping spider nicknamed Kim can leap six times the length of her body from a standing start. Here are the reasons why scientists trained her to jump on demand.
Animals May 8, 2018
Australian researchers at Curtin University believed that they have discovered the oldest trapdoor spider in the world. The trapdoor matriarch, however, died while the researchers conducted their long-term population study of the species.
Animals April 28, 2018
A new ancient arachnid was found preserved in amber. It resembles a spider with a long tail, and the good news is that these arachnids were tiny.
Animals February 6, 2018
Pelican spiders are a part of the 'Lazarus' taxon because they were thought to be extinct before they were found alive. In Madagascar, 18 species of the cannibalistic pelican spiders have been newly described.
Animals January 11, 2018
Our ancestors coexisted with spiders and snakes for 40 to 60 million years. As a result, we evidently evolved an innate aversion to such creatures.
Animals October 22, 2017
Sea spiders are strange creatures, but the way they circulate blood is even stranger. It turns out that they do so via guts in their legs.
Animals July 11, 2017
Since spiders were documented to munch on up to 800 million tons of prey each year, the entire human population on Earth, weighed at 300 million tons, would only be a snack for the hungry arachnids.
Animals March 29, 2017
A molecule found in the deadly venom of funnel-web spiders can reduce neuron damage after stroke by 80 percent. If successful in human trials, the compound could drastically improve treatment options.
Neuroscience March 21, 2017
The spiders, which consume around 800 million tons of insects per year, are nature's free pest control. They are not alone, however. Many other beneficial insects also exist to prevent the overpopulation of harmful insects in the environment.
Animals March 17, 2017
Spiders around the globe consume about 400 to 800 million tons of prey every year, according to a new study. These findings show the critical role of spiders in maintaining ecological balance in different habitats.
Animals March 15, 2017
Researchers have discovered three new species of hairy tarantula spiders in the genus Avicularia. These massive tarantulas live in trees and feast on small birds and mammals.
Animals March 11, 2017
Think you got bitten by a brown recluse spider? A team of researchers in the United States invented a new mnemonic device to help you avoid misdiagnosis and tell the difference between a spider bite and skin cancer.
Public Health February 17, 2017
Three scientists in India named a new species of spider after Godric Gryffindor, the original owner of the sorting hat in 'Harry Potter.' What are the characteristics of this newly named arachnid?
Animals December 17, 2016
The video of a huntsman spider carrying a mouse has amazed the internet in no more than a few hours since it was posted. The occurrence took place in Australia.
Animals October 24, 2016
Disproving the conventional knowledge that spiders can only detect nearby sounds, a Cornell University study has found spiders as capable of hearing sounds at a distance despite not having ears.
Animals October 15, 2016
A woman driving in Portland, Oregon got into a car crash, totaling her vehicle when she noticed a spider hanging from her rearview mirror.
Viral September 23, 2016
After careful study and breeding, about 200 Montserrat tarantulas successfully hatched at Chester Zoo in the United Kingdom. Zookeepers are ecstatic about the rare and momentous event.
Animals August 12, 2016
Floodwaters in northern Tasmania are causing millions of black spiders to escape to treetops, covering them in silk in an event called 'ballooning.' The record heavy rains in Launceston result in major floods and coax millions of spiders toward higher grounds.
Animals June 10, 2016
Spider venom has helped researchers target a protein involved in transmitting mechanical pain, the type felt by patients of irritable bowel syndrome. This helped scientists better probe pain signaling in the body.
Healthy Living/Wellness June 7, 2016
Seven new species of peacock spiders,which continue to fascinate biologists and science lovers with their bright colors and unique courtship rituals, were recently discovered in Western and South Australia. The spiders belong to the genus Maratus.
Animals May 31, 2016
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the web, the trap-jaw spider strikes its prey with an ultra-fast attack. Here is how the arachnid pulls it off!
Animals April 7, 2016
When did the spider begin to make silk and build a web? A fossil of what could be the earliest possible known spider might answer the question.
Animals March 31, 2016
Contrary to popular belief, spiders like to snack on leaves and saps too. An international team of zoologists documented plant-eating spiders around the world except in Antarctica where no vegetarian activity was observed.
Life March 15, 2016
Australian arachnid Brian is part of a new species of spiders with an affinity for surfing waves. This water spider has some amazing abilities, and luckily, poses no threat to humans.
Animals March 10, 2016
Why do male spiders practice bondage during sex? It turned out that this sexual behavior of spiders is part of their goal to stay alive - or not fall victim to cannibalism.
Earth/Environment February 26, 2016
The horrid ground-weaver, one of the rarest spiders in Britain, was photographed alive for the first time. The habitat was saved from development after a successful fundraising by Buglife.
Earth/Environment February 11, 2016
Dark, charismatic and brooding -- these are words to describe famous country singer Johnny Cash, and apparently a new spider species is as fascinating as him, too. A black tarantula found among 14 new spider species in the United States is now named after the musical icon.
February 5, 2016
You need not call pest control, but a new study in the United States found that the average American home contains an average of 100 arthropods. Luckily, some of them are somehow harmless.
Animals January 20, 2016
A Harvard researcher has shown that there’s actually not a lot of spider in Spider-Man. This further disproved (in case anyone still believes) the plausibility of animal characteristics being transferred with a bite.
Geek December 12, 2015
Harbourside Police were alerted about an on-going domestic violence in a Wollstonecraft apartment block. Police officers who arrived at the scene finds only a man armed with a can of insecticide and big dead spider
Internet Culture November 27, 2015
Researchers collected genetic material from black widow spiders and their prey by studying spiderwebs. The scientists highlighted the greater benefits and ease of genetic sequencing using this method compared with traditional sampling methods.
Animals November 27, 2015