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Spiders News

Dwarf spiders try to keep paternity against rivals

Male dwarf spiders deploy sperm-blocking plugs, according to a new study. The objective is to thwart the reproductive chances of their mate’s subsequent suitors.

African tarantula takes 'Best in Show' for 2014

Coventry - What did the judges look for in determining the prettiest and best groomed tarantula during the 29th annual exhibition of the British Tarantula Society last week? Actually, there are more specifications than one might think.

Spiders enjoy a side dish of pollen with the flies

Exeter - Some spiders are not the pure predators most biologists generally believe. A study has found that some make up a quarter of their diet by eating pollen.

Grapes infested with Black Widow Spiders found in some states

Black Widows have been discovered in grapes across the states of Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri and Pennsylvania.

Studying spiders for silk technology

Scientists are studying spiders with the hope of developing super-sticky films and wafer-thin electronics and sensors for medical implants that are highly compatible with the human body.

Deadly spiders hatch in woman's banana

A woman in the United Kingdom was halfway done with a banana when she noticed some spots on the skin. It ended up being spiders.

Photo Essay: Summer buzz gives way to sticky insects Special

Coram - Fall is knocking on the door in NW Montana and winter will swiftly follow. In the final lazy days of summer, these insects are living out their final hours.

New treatment for spider bites

The venom of the brown recluse spider reacts differently in the body to most other spider bites. Researchers are of the view that the discovery could lead to new treatments for spider bites.

House spider survey launched in the U.K.

As an example of 'citizen science', people in the U.K. are being asked to survey the numbers and types of house spiders they get in their homes using smartphone apps.

Photo Essay: Hidden world of insects Special

There are countless different species of insects, some are bothersome to humans, some are of benefit to us, all are a critical component of biodiversity. Pollinators such as bees and wasps are indispensable to humans.

Video: It's 'Raining Spiders' in Brazil

A video has surfaced online that shows "raining spiders" falling on a town in Brazil. An observer captured the footage and posted it on YouTube.

Researchers unravel mysteries of spider silk

A group of researchers are enthusiastic over recent progress in discovering what makes spider silk so strong. Using a high-tech, but non-invasive, technique, scientists believe they are closer to uncovering the secrets behind the strength of spider silk.

Hundreds of giant fish-eating spiders released into the wild

Ecologists announced that they have released hundreds of the United Kingdom's largest breed of spider back into the wild.

Restaurant ordered to stop selling pizzas topped with venom

A Zurich-based chef is upset the Swiss government has ordered him to stop selling one of his pizza specialties ─ venom topped pizza.

Two dead as Indian village invaded by giant venomous spiders

Scientists have been sent to a remote Indian village to investigate an invasion of giant venomous spiders believed to be a new species of tarantula.

Why don't spiders stick to their own webs?

One of nature's mysteries concerns why spiders do not stick to their own webs. Some new research has shown that there are three mechanisms at play, relating to the hairs spiders' legs, the way spiders move, and due to special 'non-stick' coating.

Researcher makes violin strings out of spider silk

A researcher at a Japanese university has created violin strings from spider silk, and many people are impressed by the sounds.

Man caught in Operation Spiderman, charged with smuggling spiders

Los Angeles - By smuggling hundreds of tarantulas into the United States and other countries, one German man became $300,000 richer. He is now facing a long prison term and a hefty fine.

Aussie must live, sleep with spiders for three weeks for charity

Melbourne - An Australian man, who considers himself a real-life Spiderman, will spend 22 days enclosed in a glass store-front window with hundreds of poisonous spiders to break a record for habitation with arachnids, while raising money for charity.

Fire destroys world's largest collection of reptiles, amphibians

San Paulo - A fire destroyed the world's largest collection of spiders, snakes, scorpions and amphibians. Scientists around the world are saddened by the loss of the specimens some of which were collected up to a 100 years ago and irreplaceable.

Man eats spiders for a living

You thought your job was tough? How about eating spiders every day for lunch? Well, that is what one man is doing on his lunch break; eating 100 spiders.

Why women fear spiders

Researchers have confirmed that the fear of spiders begins early with women. Baby girls under the age of one already have the fear of arachnids, according to psychologists at Carnegie Mellon University.

Poisonous Spiders Spotted On Store Bought Organic Grapes

When you are buying organic grapes at the grocery you may want to make sure that spiders aren't attached to fruit. The spiders are not that nice guys either, their bite could kill.

Spiders, Frogs and Geckos, Oh My

Jumping spiders, a tiny chirping frog and an elegant striped gecko are among more than 50 species believed new to science were discovered

Funnel web spiders out earlier than usual

The Funnel web spiders are out a month earlier than usual, looking for a mate. The general manager of the Australian Reptile Park, Mary Rayner, said that over the past few weeks no less than forty Funnel webs had been delivered to the park.

Spiders Who Eat Together Stay Together

The ability to work together and capture larger prey has allowed social spiders to stretch the laws of nature and reach enormous colony sizes, UBC zoologists have found.

Spiders and scorpions found in Manila mail

The package from Hong Kong looked innocent enough, it was marked "personal clothing." But when customs officials opened it, they were stunned to see about 300 live scorpions and spiders.

Unlikely Heroes: Spiders Save Girl From Fire

Like many girls, 18-year old Danielle Vigue hates spiders. When she woke to find several in her bedroom early Tuesday morning she killed them. When more showed up, she moved across the hall into her sister's bed -- which may have saved her life.

Before Flying, Spiders Always Check The Weather

We all know that spiders love to fly. But, did you know that arachnids prefer cloudy fall and spring days as the best weather to fly in?

Spiders. They're out to get you...

You would think so as well, if you were in my shoes. Heres a story about how it could have easily been me. (shudder)
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Screenshot of video showing  Raining Spiders  in Brazil on Feb. 7  2013
Screenshot of video showing 'Raining Spiders' in Brazil on Feb. 7, 2013
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This garden or orb-weaving spider (Aranaeus diadematus) has lived on the front porch all summer. She...
This garden or orb-weaving spider (Aranaeus diadematus) has lived on the front porch all summer. She will lay her eggs and die in the fall. Her eggs will hatch in early summer next year.
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Dragonflies are considered, "one of nature's great reproductive success stories," said Corbet, a British biologist.
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The state butterfly of South Carolina  this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio glaucus  earns it na...
The state butterfly of South Carolina, this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio glaucus, earns it name from the stripes it bears resembling a tiger and the lower edge of the hind wing resembling a swallow's wings.
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Fall time ruler on the way to Stawamus Chief  Squamish  BC.
Fall time ruler on the way to Stawamus Chief, Squamish, BC.
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Water bowls were bombarded by yellow jackets all summer long. Several would float happily on the sur...
Water bowls were bombarded by yellow jackets all summer long. Several would float happily on the surface on the water for hours.
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Screenshot of video showing 'Raining Spiders' in Brazil on Feb. 7, 2013
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(Grammostola cf. porteri), adult male. Photo taken: Dec. 19, 2003.
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The Brazilian wandering spider
The Brazilian wandering spider
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Screenshot of video showing 'Raining Spiders' in Brazil on Feb. 7, 2013
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