Spiders partial to a side order of pollen with their flies
Spiders may not be the pure predators we generally believe, after a study found that some make up a quarter of their diet by eating pollen.
How electricity helps spider webs snatch prey and pollutants
Spider webs actively spring towards prey thanks to electrically conductive glue spread across their surface, Oxford University scientists have discovered.
Spider webs more effective at ensnaring charged insects
Flapping insects build up an electrical charge that may make them more easily snared by spider webs, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, biologists.
Study reveals strategy behind spiders' web etiquette
(Phys.org) —A species of spider that, unusually, lives in a colony but hunts alone at night is the subject of a new study by an international team of scientists including University of Sussex biologists.
Captured in silken netting and sticky hairs
The great ecological success of spiders is often substantiated by the evolution of silk and webs. Biologists of the Kiel University and the University of Bern now found an alternative adaptation to hunting ...
Mussels cramped by environmental factors
The fibrous threads helping mussels stay anchored – in spite of waves that sometimes pound the shore with a force equivalent to a jet liner flying at 600 miles per hour – are more prone to snap when ocean ...
Spectroscopy sheds new light on mysteries of spider silk
(Phys.org)—Researcher and team are the first to measure all of the elastic properties of an intact spider's web, drawing a remarkable picture of the behavior of one of nature's most intriguing structures. ...
Explanation as to when a liquid on a rough surface will form a thin film and when it will form droplets
(Phys.org)—The phenomenon of liquids coating rough surfaces in the form of films or droplets is commonplace. The morning dew converts grass and leaves into scenes of magical beauty, while a thin film of ...
Researchers unravel mysteries of spider silk
(Phys.org)—Scientists at Arizona State University are celebrating their recent success on the path to understanding what makes the fiber that spiders spin – weight for weight - at least five times as ...
Fossil of ancient spider attack only one of its type ever discovered
(Phys.org)—Researchers have found what they say is the only fossil ever discovered of a spider attack on prey caught in its web – a 100 million-year-old snapshot of an engagement frozen in time.
Snakes minus birds equals more spiders for Guam
In one of the first studies to examine how the loss of forest birds is effecting Guam's island ecosystem, biologists from Rice University, the University of Washington and the University of Guam found that ...
Small droplets grow differently
(Phys.org)—Fine dew drops on spider webs, blades of grass, and even insects can lend them breathtaking beauty. And, examining them very closely, one recognises that the drops themselves form astonishingly ...
Orb web spiders found to be better guards after sex
Discerning males remain faithful
Discerning males remain faithful ... if you are a spider. Sex for male orb web spiders (Argiope bruennichi) is a two shot affair since the act of mating destroys their genitalia. If they survive being eaten ...