spiders

If You Don't Want A Smashed Phone, Don't Text And Walk

Unfortunately for me and anyone within my general vicinity, I’m so clumsy that I should be considered handicapped. I regularly stub my toes, walk into walls, spill full cups of tea, trip over my own feet and just generally wreak havoc anywhere I seem to go.

With this in mind, I am the last person on earth who should text and walk. But I do. All the time.


Four-Acre Spider Web May Be The Grossest Thing You'll See This Week

This report on a four-acre spider web covering a building has made shiver and curl in disgust. You are looking at the Baltimore Wastewater Treatment Plant, where a good chunk of their facility was covered by a web made by an estimated 107 million spiders. That’s 35,176 spiders per cubic metre!


The Legs On This Puppy-Sized Spider Are 30cm Long

Have you had any nightmares, lately? Would you like some? Then you’ll love the South American Goliath birdeater. This furry spider is the size of a puppy, and thanks to hard claws on the tips of its foot-long legs, it makes a horrifying clicking sound when it scampers through the forest.


A Spider Apparently Crawled Inside This Australian Man's Body For Three Days

An Australian man’s holiday to Bali took a dark turn last week after he discovered a painful red line forming above his belly button. At first, doctors told 21-year-old Dylan Thomas that it was just an insect bite. Then the line started to grow. It was apparently a spider burrowed into his belly.


Australian Study: Our Hot, Bright Cities Are Spawning Gigantic Spiders

File this one under: Oh HELL no. While we know that our ever-industrialising lifestyles make survival tough for animals like birds and mountain lions, in at least one case urbanisation is helping a species to thrive. Thanks to the artificial conditions we create, our cities are growing ultrafertile megaspiders.


Scientists Discover That Spiders Kill And Eat Fish Too

A new research paper just published in the scientific journal Plos One brings us new fuel for nightmares: Spiders not only eat other insects but also kill and eat fish often much larger than them. And it’s not only one or two species but many species at a global scale.


How Spiders Tune And Play Their Webs Like Strings On A Guitar

This short animation explains how spiders detect and distinguish between the vibrations and pitches travelling up and down their webs. This helps them find prey and identify potential mates.


City-Dwelling Spiders Build Webs That Don't Work

In welcome news for urban arachnophobes everywhere, it turns out that certain types of spiders just aren’t cut out for city life. Apparently, spinning webs on concrete and steel kills the vibrations spiders need to sense prey — meaning dinner ain’t coming easy.


Alien Monsters Or Awesome Spiders, I Just Love These Little Guys

I can’t stop looking at the extraordinary photos by Thomas Shahan, an Oregon-based artist and microphotographer who creates amazing portraits of arthropods, including these awesome jumping spiders. His beautiful monsters don’t make me run in fear, but make me smile (knowing they are tiny, that is.) In fact, some of their faces are hilarious.


Badass Spider Uses Insect Corpses To Make A Giant Spider Design Decoy

Like in Game of Thrones, where the Iron Throne was forged from the swords of all the enemies Aegon the Conqueror defeated, this Cyclosa spider uses its dead enemies’ bodies to build a big fake spider decoy design to sit on. Seriously, the spider uses its victim’s insect corpses to construct a larger spider-shaped design on its web to scare off potential predators. That’s so badarse.


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