spiders

New Research Shows Funnel Webs Don’t Set Out to Kill Humans

New Research Shows Funnel Webs Don’t Set Out to Kill Humans

Funnel webs are considered one of Australia’s most fearsome spiders, but their ability to kill humans is by accident rather than design, our new research shows. In findings published today, we reveal how the highly toxic and quick-acting venom of male funnel-web spiders is likely to have developed as a…

Newly Discovered Widow Spider Lays Bright Purple Eggs

Newly Discovered Widow Spider Lays Bright Purple Eggs

Scientists have discovered a spider living in South Africa that’s truly a sight to behold. The arachnids feature a scarlet, exclamation mark-shaped blotch on their backs, along with a white squiggle pattern that creates the vague shape of a human face, mouth agape in horror.