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This Perverted Sex Act Prevents Male Widow Spiders From Getting Cannibalised

Male widow spiders often end up as a tasty meal for their partners after sex, but new research shows that some males are employing a rather unsettling strategy to prevent this from happening, and it’s a little bit twisted.


Spiders 'Tune' Their Webs Like Guitar Strings

Researchers from the UK and Spain have shown that spiders are capable of tuning their webs, allowing these eight-legged critters to receive specific information about their environment, including the presence of prey, potential mates and the structural condition of the web.


Scientists Found Even More Of These Delightful Australian Peacock Spiders

Most people wouldn’t describe spiders as “beautiful”. But have you ever seen a peacock spider? Scientists just found seven new species of these exotic, multi-coloured arachnids.


Horrifying Footage Reveals The Lightning-Fast Chomp Of Trap-Jaw Spiders

Trap-jaw spiders hunt by sneaking up on their prey and rapidly snapping their mandibles shut, but scientists weren’t entirely sure about the mechanics involved. Using high-speed video, researchers from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History have chronicled just how these spiders manage such an impressive combination of power and speed. The details can now be found in Current Biology.


Watch A Spider Spin Its Intricate Web And Then Use It To Catch Prey

Video: Here’s time lapse footage of a garden orb spider building out its web. It’s really interesting to see the process from the start when it seems like a few random strands connected to each other, and especially cool to see it at the end when it’s all completed and ready to catch its first prey. The whole web spinning process is detailed perfectly to help you understand what’s going on too.


Spider Bondage Exists And It Is Gnarly As Hell

Spiders are notorious for their bizarre and often violent mating practices. New research shows that, in order to avoid getting eaten during sex, male nursery spiders will tie up their partners with silken threads. And yes, it’s as horrible as it sounds.


Use This Type Of Light Bulb To Combat Hordes Of Insects This Summer

If you don’t want your home invaded this summer, you’ll want to learn the results of a summer-long experiment meant to test whether different light bulbs attract different amounts of bugs. It turns out that incandescent bulbs attract the most insects, while yellow-orange LEDs attract the least.


These Eight New Whip-Wielding Spiders Will Haunt Your Nightmares

Scientists have discovered eight new species of amblypygid — a special kind of arachnid with a pair of whip-like legs. This is a big deal. Amblypygids are not well-documented, which is a shame, considering we see them every evening in our nightmares.


Johnny Cash Has A New Arachnid Namesake

Here’s a fun fact to chew on while planning your next trip to America: the southwestern United States is brimming with tarantula diversity. Today in the journal ZooKeys, biologists describe 14 previously unknown species of tarantulas living in the American Southwest, including Aphonopelma johnnycashi. Country music legend Johnny Cash has a new namesake.


Behold The First Erect Penis Ever Found Preserved In Amber

Researchers working in Burma have uncovered the fossilised remains of a 99-million-year old male daddy longlegs with its penis fully extended and erect. It’s possibly the oldest — and longest held — erection in the history of science.


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