Invisible fungi crucial for rainforest diversity
A complex network of fungi in the lower canopy could be one reason tropical rainforests are home to so many different types of insects, spiders and centipedes, say scientists.
Bigger, scarier weapons help spiders get the girl (w/ video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- If you're a red-headed guy with eight bulging eyes and a unibrow, size does indeed matter for getting the girl.
A whole new meaning for thinking on your feet
Smithsonian researchers report that the brains of tiny spiders are so large that they fill their body cavities and overflow into their legs. As part of ongoing research to understand how miniaturization affects ...
Researchers link patterns seen in spider silk, melodies
Using a new mathematical methodology, researchers at MIT have created a scientifically rigorous analogy that shows the similarities between the physical structure of spider silk and the sonic structure of ...
Spider know-how could cut future energy costs
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists at Oxford University and The University of Sheffield have demonstrated that natural silks are a thousand times more efficient than common plastics when it comes to forming fibres.
Big pest, small genome: Blueprint of spider mite may yield better pesticides
(PhysOrg.com)—An international research team decoded the genetic blueprint of the two-spotted spider mite, raising hope for new ways to attack the major pest, which resists pesticides and destroys crops ...
Shrimp-like crustacean found to make gooey underwater silk
Chemical weapon in spider silk repels ant attack: study
Researchers have shown for the first time how Golden orb web spiders (Nephila antipodiana) add a chemical to their web silk to repel invading ants.
Paying for sex and 'playing dead' - the deceitful gift-giving spider
Male nursery web spiders (Pisaura mirabilis) prepare silk-wrapped gifts to give to potential mates. Most gifts contain insects, but some gifts are inedible plant seeds or empty exoskeletons left after the pr ...
High-tech robotic spider for hazardous missions
Spiders are very agile, and some can even jump. They owe this capability to their hydraulically operated limbs. Researchers have now designed a mobile robot modeled on the same principle that moves spider ...
Urban light pollution and its impact on nocturnal activity
Researchers in Germany have discovered that urban light pollution not only limits the visibility of stars, but also plays havoc with nocturnal animals that depend on a compass-like pattern of polarised light ...
New species of Albino trapdoor adds to biodiversity jigsaw
A new species of spider has been found near Northam -- just by chance.
Spider is the second most vibration-sensitive creature
Record number of jaguars uncovered in Bolivia
In a new camera trap survey in the world's most biologically diverse landscape, researchers for the Wildlife Conservation Society have identified more individual jaguars than ever before.