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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.

This Is How To Find The Spiders That Are Staring At You In The Dark

Have you ever looked out into your backyard at night and wondered how many spiders are lurking out there? If you have a flashlight, you can spot them by the creepy green glow of their eyes.

Male Black Widows Go To Crazy Lengths To Keep A Female To Themselves

You probably already know male black widow spiders are risking their lives when they go courting — but it’s actually worse than that. They face tough competition for the “honour” of mating. Once a virgin black widow female puts up a pheromone-laden mating web, males run in from all around to try their luck.

Surprise -- Some Male Spiders Can Feel Sex, After All!

Male spiders don’t have a penis — all their sex is digital. After ejaculating onto a tiny piece of webbing, a male sucks his sperm into a chamber at the tip of one of the short limbs on his head. Once he convinces a female to accept him, he’ll push that appendage inside her genital opening and (hopefully) make some babies.

Spiders Sail Kilometres Across Water To Colonise The World

Hate spiders all you want, there’s no river wide enough to keep them away. Turns out, nature’s crafty little web builders are also master sailors, using their legs to catch the wind and their silk to anchor their bodies on water.

Scientists Are Spinning Spider Silk Without The Spiders

Spider silk is often touted as a wonder material that will soon weave its way into everything from body armour to replacement hearts. But we can only squeeze so much of the stuff out of our eight-legged friends, which is why scientists and entrepreneurs are working hard to reproduce it artificially.

Wolf Spiders Play Leaf-Vibrating Songs To Attract Mates

Wolf spiders are deaf — they don’t have the right structures for hearing. However, they are very good at sensing other kinds of vibrations, and they use this ability to communicate. One species of wolf spider plays songs on dead leaves to attract mates.

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