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We Still Don't Know Why The Heck There Are So Many Blue Tarantulas

A very particular shade of blue hair has evolved independently on eight separate occasions and in at least three different ways in tarantulas, a new study finds. And scientists are having a hell of a time figuring out why.

Scientists Analysed Spiderweb DNA, And The Results Are Super Creepy

Walking into a spiderweb just got creepy. Those sticky strands clinging to your hair and face? They’re smeared with traces of the spider’s last meal, according to a fascinating new analysis of spiderweb DNA.

This Spider's Mate Breaks Her Genitals So She Can't Have Sex Ever Again

Male animals can be greedy about paternity. They have evolved a ton of different strategies to help them monopolize a female’s eggs. Beating up rivals is a general favourite. Some species use long bouts of sex to keep females away from new mates. Still others stop up female genitals with gooey plugs or bits of broken male genitalia.

Here's How Spiders React When They Get A Dose Of Venom

When your work involves balancing on thin threads, wrapping up struggling prey, and trying to bite it, you can expect a few accidents — especially if the prey can bite back. One group of spiders has an effective solution for when they get bitten by venomous prey.

Catherine Scott Spent All Of Friday Afternoon Waiting For Her Spiders To Have Sex

Catherine Scott is a graduate student working toward her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. She’s studying the courtship behaviour of black widow spiders. That means that her experiments often involve waiting for spiders to have sex.

Tiny Dancing Spider Crickets Could Lead To Better Robotics

Spider crickets are masters of aerodynamics. They don’t have wings, but they can jump up to 60 times their body length — equivalent to a human track star jumping the length of a football field. Now a team of engineering students at Johns Hopkins University has videotaped the critters in slow motion and discovered some of their aerodynamic secrets.

These New Spider Species Just Want To Be Your Friends

Arachnologists have found a whole new genus of spiders in the deserts of Namibia and South Africa, and a couple of the new species seem to have some peculiar habits.

NSW Scientists Discover A Massive 30-Year-Old Funnel Web Spider

Can you imagine walking through a serene, lush national park on a hike and finding a five centimetre long funnel web spider hanging out above your face? On a search through the Booderee National Park on the south coast of New South Wales, that’s (probably) what happened to a bunch of scientists from ANU. This particularly massive and particularly venomous funnel web lives in a tree rather than on the ground, and it might be a new species.

We're Another Step Closer To Impotence Drugs From Spider Venom

The bite of a Brazilian wandering spider might not kill you, but it can make you wish you were dead. The cocktail of toxins in its venom produces a suite of not-so-delightful effects like swelling, intense pain and paralysis. If you’re male, you also get a painful erection that lasts for hours.

Dashing New Australian Species Of Peacock Spider Just Wants To Get Funky

He’s got a bright blue mask, flashy racing stripes, and dance moves he’s ready to use on some lucky lady. Say hello to Maratus personatus, a newly-named species of peacock spider from Western Australia.

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