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Meet Brian, the newest spider discovered in Australia

Brisbane - Just in time for the first World Science Festival, Australian scientists have discovered a new species of spider that is just as much at home in the water as it is on land.

Huge diversity of spiders and other arthropods in homes

What types of spiders and other arthropods are lurking in your home? A new U.S. based study reveals considerable diversity, with up to 500 different species.

New techniques can identify spiders from their webs

Advancements in genetic techniques have led to researchers being able to identify black widow spiders from their webs. The method allows researchers not only to identify the spider, but also its prey.

Man attacking spider mistaken for domestic violence incident

Sydney - Police expected to find a man threatening to kill someone. Instead they witnessed a man's relentless pursuit of a spider.

Vote for Britain’s best-loved insect

London - Insects are an ever-present part of the natural world. While some balk at creepy-crawlies, others like to watch the patterns and behaviors of the myriad of bugs outdoors. A new poll has been launched to find Britain’s favorite insect.

Ocean-going spiders can sail like tiny boats to reach land

When Charles Darwin made his famous voyage on the HMS Beagle, he found spiders "ballooning" across the ocean, fluttering through the air onto the ship's sails. Since then, many a sailor has noticed this as well.

Australian town caught up in curious 'spider rain' phenomenon

Goulburn - Millions of tiny spiders began raining down on a town in New South Wales, Australia a few days ago, almost blotting out the sun and covering everything with their mounds of silken parachutes. Residents didn't know what to think of the "spider rain."

Scientists analyze 500-million-year-old brains of 'sea monsters'

Scuttling around in their Cambrian world over 500 million years ago, two species of hard-shelled, primitive arthropods could have no idea that they would help scientists to better understand how modern arthropods like lobsters and scorpions evolved.

Op-Ed: Ever wonder why you're afraid of spiders? Evolution provides clue

San Jos - When you live in the tropics, the neighbors tend to invite themselves into your house. In my case, sometimes it's a two-toed sloth. Other times it's a beautiful morpho butterfly. And other times it's a large, hairy spider.

Scientists make recombinant spider silk

In a remarkable feat of genetic engineering, scientists have programmed the bacterium Escherichia coli to produce artificial spider silk.

Spiders do not cause human diseases

San Fransisco - Human bacterial pathogens can come from a number of sources. One source that can be eliminated is spiders. A new study shows that spiders are not a major carrier of human pathogenic bacteria.

Researchers discover 30 new spider species

A foray into a rainforest teeming with flora and fauna has already yielded big results — 30 new species of spiders — and that may be just the start.

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.
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This linyphiid spider sails by raising its front legs.
This linyphiid spider sails by raising its front legs.
Alex Hyde
Fall time ruler on the way to Stawamus Chief  Squamish  BC.
Fall time ruler on the way to Stawamus Chief, Squamish, BC.
(Grammostola cf. porteri)  adult male.
Photo taken: Dec. 19  2003.
(Grammostola cf. porteri), adult male. Photo taken: Dec. 19, 2003.
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.
The Brazilian wandering spider
The Brazilian wandering spider
Flickr user Andreas Kay
It wasn t the best time to take the dogs for a walk.
It wasn't the best time to take the dogs for a walk.
Clistopyga sp. in action. With its ovipositor  it searches for the host  stings  clings to and paral...
Clistopyga sp. in action. With its ovipositor, it searches for the host, stings, clings to and paralyses it, lays an egg and finally seals any opening in the silken spider nest by using it as a minute felting needle.
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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
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.
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.
Screenshot of video showing  Raining Spiders  in Brazil on Feb. 7  2013
Screenshot of video showing 'Raining Spiders' in Brazil on Feb. 7, 2013
Dragonflies are considered   one of nature s great reproductive success stories   said Corbet  a Bri...
Dragonflies are considered, "one of nature's great reproductive success stories," said Corbet, a British biologist.
Fits the description for large  hairy spider.  Critter was hanging around near my house.
Fits the description for large, hairy spider. Critter was hanging around near my house.