Male wolf spiders cannibalize females
Nature helps to solve a sticky problem
The arrays of fine adhesive hairs or 'setae' on the foot pads of many insects, lizards and spiders give them the ability to climb almost any natural surface. Research by James Bullock and Walter Federle from the University ...
When food is scarce, hungry female spiders alter mating preferences
(PhysOrg.com) -- Weather and environmental change can bring alterations and scarcity in food resources. In looking at how such changes might affect mating choices and subsequent reproduction, ...
Brown recluse spider habitat to expand with climate change
One of the most feared spiders in North America is the subject a new University of Kansas study that aims to predict its distribution and how that distribution will be affected by climate changes.
Spiders target sexy signals from 'vibrating' insects
Insects using vibration to attract a mate are at risk of being eaten alive by killer spiders, Cardiff University scientists have discovered.
Newly identified spider toxin may help uncover novel ways of treating pain and human diseases
Spider venom toxins are useful tools for exploring how ion channels operate in the body. These channels control the flow of ions across cell membranes, and are key components in a wide variety of biological processes and ...
Robot fish can trick the real thing
Scientists have long turned to nature for inspiration and innovation. From unlocking the secrets of spider silk to create super-strong materials to taking hints from geckos for new adhesives, clues from the ...
Ecological adaptation likely to influence impacts of climate change
Animals' capacity to adapt is a factor in how they are likely to respond to changing climate conditions.
Scientists unravel the mysterious mechanics of spider silk
Scientists now have a better understanding of why spider silk fibers are so incredibly strong. Recent research, published by Cell Press on February 15th in Biophysical Journal, describes the architecture of silk fibers from t ...
'Walking cactus' rewrites arthropod odyssey
Fossils of a bizarre animal dubbed the "walking cactus" have shed light on the evolution of crabs and spiders, Chinese researchers reported in the journal Nature on Wednesday.
Jumping spiders that love smelly socks could help fight malaria
People aren't born afraid of spiders and snakes: Fear is quickly learned during infancy
There's a reason why Hollywood makes movies like Arachnophobia and Snakes on a Plane: Most people are afraid of spiders and snakes. A new paper published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the As ...
Spiders adjust courtship signals for maximum effect
Communication is important in any relationship, but for spiders, it can be a matter of life or death.
Getting dust mites to leave homes on their own
House dust mites, nearly microscopic creatures that inhabit every crevice of our lives and make us sneeze, have long been assumed to be solitary in behavior. Now new research has shown that they are actually ...