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.
Australia a hot-spot for flora and fauna deception
(Phys.org) —Researchers at Macquarie University and Auckland University have discovered that biological deception appears to be rampant in Australia, particularly as demonstrated by some of the better-known ...
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.
Is redback spider antivenom effective?
Media reports about the redback spider antivenom being ineffective caused a bit of a stir recently. The articles were based on research presented at a major toxinology conference in Dubai. ...
Two new beautiful wasp species of the rare genus Abernessia
Two new beautiful wasp species are added to the rare pompilid genus Abernessia, which now contains a total of only four known species. The two new species A. prima and A. capixaba are believed to be endem ...
Three new wafer trapdoor spiders from Brazil
Scientists discover three new gorgeous species of the wafer trapdoor genus Fufius – F. minusculus, F. jalapensis, and F. candango. The discovery of the three new species, published in the open access journal ...
Female spiders prefer the sperm of gift-bearing males
Research published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B has provided evidence that females prefer males who bring them gifts- at least in the case of the nursery web spider.
First venomous crustacean discovered living in underwater caves
Biting spiders force UK school closure
Creepy crawlies, in the form of a venomous spider infestation, has forced a school in Britain to close a week before Halloween.
Research finds that homosexuality in insects and spiders is a case of mistaken identity
Many species of insects and spiders engage in homosexual behavior, like courting, mounting, and trying to mate with members of the same sex. But it is unclear what role evolution plays in this curious situation. ...
Spider's super-thin ribbons key to silk tech
(Phys.org) —The silk of a spider feared for its venomous bite could be the key to creating new super-sticky films and wafer-thin electronics and sensors for medical implants that are highly compatible with ...
Two new enigmatic spider species with peculiar living habits from Uruguay
The two new species described from Uruguay, Chaco castanea and Chaco costai, are middle sized spiders that range between 1 and 2 cm in body size. Like all Nemesiids they have elongated body and robust le ...
A day in the life of the mysterious odd-clawed spider Progradungula otwayensis
A recent paper published in the open access journal Zookeys provides a first-time glimpse in the natural history of the enigmatic spider species Progradungula otwayensis. Lurking in the hollows of old myrtle ...
Arachnophobic entomologists: When two more legs make a big difference
For some entomologists, an apparent paradox exists: Despite choosing a career working with insects, they exhibit negative feelings toward spiders which range from mild disgust to extreme arachnophobia.