News tagged with black widow spider

Human fear of spiders draws scientific focus

A fear of spiders, arachnophobia, is in our DNA. You don't learn to freeze at the site of these creatures; you're born with the fear. Even the sight of hypodermic needles and houseflies does not trigger a similar response. ...

dateApr 06, 2015 in Evolution weblog
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Feast or fancy? Black widows shake for love

( —A team of Simon Fraser University biologists has found that male black widow spiders shake their abdomens to produce carefully pitched vibrations that let females know they have "come a-courting" and are not ...

dateJan 16, 2014 in Plants & Animals
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Reversal of the black widow myth

The Black Widow spider gets its name from the popular belief that female spiders eat their male suitors after mating. However, a new study has shown that the tendency to consume a potential mate is also true of some types ...

dateMay 06, 2013 in Plants & Animals
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