Female spiders produce mating plugs to prevent unwanted sex from males
Scientists at the Smithsonian and their colleagues have discovered a new mechanism of animal mating plug production. In the giant wood spider Nephila pilipes, a highly sexually dimorphic and polygamous species, many small ...
The future of biomaterial manufacturing: Spider silk production from bacteria
A new video article in JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, demonstrates procedures to harvest and process synthetic spider silk from bacteria.
More Amazon extinctions looming unless action is taken: study
Are brown widows displacing black widow spiders around southern California homes?
Brown widow spiders are relatively new to North America, where they were first documented in Florida in 1935, and even newer to southern California, where they were only recently discovered in 2003. However, in the last decade ...
Mexican jumping beans may influence robot design (w/ Video)
Chinese researchers find Bt cotton controls pests while also promoting good bugs
Orb web spiders found to be better guards after sex
Consumption threat to vulnerable species: study
The developed world's insatiable appetite for products like coffee and timber is threatening the survival of one in three vulnerable animal species in poor countries, according to an Australian study.
Vampire jumping spiders identify victims by their antennae
Evarcha culicivora jumping spiders, also known as vampire spiders, are picky eaters by any standards. Explaining that the arachnid's environment is swamped with insects, Ximena Nelson from the University of Canterbury, New Ze ...
Spider invasion spooks Indian village
Panicked villagers in a remote Indian state complained Monday of an invasion of giant venomous spiders that resemble tarantulas but are unknown to local specialists.
Spider guitar dazzles with style and sound (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) -- Massey University mechatronics professor Olaf Diegel made his dream come true when he created a series of colourful 3D-printed electric guitars with latticed bodies adorned with spiders and butterflies. ...
The Auburn Tiger trapdoor spider: New species discovered from college town backyard
Researchers at Auburn University have reported the discovery a new trapdoor spider species from a well-developed housing subdivision in the heart of the city of Auburn, Alabama. Myrmekiaphila tigris, affectionately referred ...
Untangling the mysteries of spider silk
Spiders weave a web even more tangled than originally thought at least on the nanoscale level, according to a new study performed at the U.S. Department of Energys (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory.
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 ...