Spiders are already terrifying enough for some people — and even more so when they fly. In a new study, scientists observe their amazing ability to spin silk parachutes out of thin air to help them glide for hundreds of miles.
These ancient armored spiders possess features unlike any spider we have at present.
Eight new whip spiders have been found in Brazil's Amazon rainforest. The arachnids resemble a cross between a spider and a tailless scorpion. This discovery nearly doubles the number known to inhabit Brazil, which now totals 25.
Sexual cannibalism is common among many species. But a new study is challenging the belief that female spiders attack their mates after sex because they can't control their aggressiveness, and instead suggests females are testing males so that they can weed out the weak ones.
Some parasitic wasp species lay their eggs in the bellies of wolf spiders so that the larva can feed of the vertebrates' blood. While this does not harm the spiders initially, when the larva mature they end up killing their hosts. The recent findings highlight the diverse parasitic relationships among animals.
Many species of blue tarantulas have evolved independently with the same coloration – a vibrant cobalt blue that is based in hairy nanostructures scientists believe could one day be replicated to improve smartphone and television screens.
Notre Dame researchers recently revealed the DNA of trapped insect prey can be collected from a black widow spider's nest up to 88 days later. This finding has significant implications for conservation management.
Hidden within a humid cave in southeastern Brazil, a new eyeless Daddy Longlegs spider species was recently discovered. Researchers have since named the species Smeagol after the Lord of the Rings character.
Oil-based pesticides are more effective than water-based alternatives when it comes to killing brown widow spider at the source: their egg sacs.
Researchers suggest erring on the side of caution when visiting Bushy and Richmond Parks in South London. A new study shows some ticks carry the bacterial parasite that causes Lyme disease.
"That's not flying! That's falling... with style." The memorable words of Tom Hanks as Toy Story's Sheriff Woody Pride would certainly apply here. Like Buzz Lightyear himself, the tree-hopping spiders of South American canopies have been revealed to fall with more grace than ever expected, stylishly gliding from one trunk to another to avoid predators.
Arachnophobics beware: the deepest moat between you and your eight-legged nemeses will not keep you safe. Experts have recently determined that some species of spider can travel across water, using their bodies like sail-boats in order to reach new places where they can thrive and terrify.
Spider silk may be delicate looking, but it is known for its strength and durability. And it's these stunning properties that have inspired researchers at Polytechnique Montreal to channel their inner Spiderman and create a new, ultra-tough fiber.
Sleek and graceful, frisky and mischievous - humans have long drawn obvious parallels between feline characteristics and 'sexy' behavior. Now, researchers have determined that one species of spider may have also taken some cues from the kitty-cat playbook, apparently purring like pleased Persians in order to attract a mate.
Camouflage is not exactly rare in nature, but active camouflage - the type that changes to reflect its surroundings - has always been an exceptionally rare and fascinating ability. Some fish, lizards, and cephalopods have this ability to a certain degree. Now we can add spiders to that list, after experts identified a species of crab spider than can slowly change its colors to match its background when hunting.