Orb-weaving spiders living in urban areas may be larger
A common orb-weaving spider may grow larger and have an increased ability to reproduce when living in urban areas, according to a study published August 20, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Eli ...
Researchers make breakthrough discovery about evolution of spiders and their webs
A group of Auburn researchers has published a study that could overturn some long-held paradigms regarding spider web evolution.
How spiders fix their webs
Spider silk is light and delicate, while incredibly resilient and tear-resistant. Understanding the structure and way of construction of these threads is a challenge taken up by a research team of Kiel University. ...
How spiders spin silk
Spider silk is an impressive material; lightweight and stretchy yet stronger than steel. But the challenge that spiders face to produce this substance is even more formidable. Silk proteins, called spidroins, ...
Brown recluse spider bites crawling upward
Vanderbilt medical toxicologists are reporting an increase in patients seen with brown recluse spider bites this summer.
Largest-ever study of spider genetics shows orb weaver spiders do not share common origins
For decades, the story of spider evolution went like this: As insects became more and more diverse, with some species taking to the skies, spiders evolved new hunting strategies, including the ability to ...
Potent spider toxin 'electrocutes' German, not American, cockroaches
Using spider toxins to study the proteins that let nerve cells send out electrical signals, Johns Hopkins researchers say they have stumbled upon a biological tactic that may offer a new way to protect crops ...
Dispel your spider fears in New York on July 4
Terrified of spiders? Then get down and personal with the venomous beasts at one of New York's top museums as it debunks the Hollywood myth that they're dangerous.
Drunken monkeys: What animals tell us about our thirst for booze
Ever since childhood, when he saw his father descend into alcoholism, evolutionary physiologist Robert Dudley has been curious about humans' strong attraction to booze.
Mid West fauna survey stumbles on remarkable construction of trapdoor spider
A fauna-monitoring expedition at Eurardy Reserve, 145km north of Geraldton, has revealed the intricate life of trapdoor spiders.
Fish-eating spiders discovered in all parts of the world
Spiders are traditionally viewed as predators of insects. Zoologists from Switzerland and Australia have now published a study that shows: spiders all over the world also prey on fish. The academic journal ...
Study shows social comb-footed spiders have two distinct types of personalities
David and Goliath: How a tiny spider catches much larger prey
In nature, it is very rare to find a proverbial much smaller David able to overpower and kill a Goliath for supper. This is exactly the modus operandi of a solitary tiny spider from the Negev desert in Israel ...
Bold spiders ensure a bright future for the whole colony
Stegodyphus dumicola is a social spider. This curious little creature lives in shared nests with more than 2,000 others. They hunt together, act collectively to subdue the prey stuck in their sticky web and s ...