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Jumping spiders can react to different sounds

Spiders are known for sensing vibrations in their webs and for other senses. Perceiving sound is not normally associated with arachnids. A new study shows how sound is important to some types of spiders.

Spiders tune their webs to signal to new partners

Oxford - Some species of spider tune their webs to different frequencies in order to catch prey and to attract partners, according to a new study.

How to keep a female spider happy? A gift-wrapped present

What is the best way for a male spider to mate with a female spider? Bringing along food wrapped in silk does the trick, according to a new study.

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.

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.

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.
 

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The Nursery web spider (Pisaura mirabilis) is a spider species of the family Pisauridae.
The Nursery web spider (Pisaura mirabilis) is a spider species of the family Pisauridae.
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