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  • Jumping spiders can hear sounds from 10 feet away

    10/14/2016 6:16:48 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 59 replies
    UPI ^ | 13 Oct 2016 | Brooks Hays
    Further testing showed jumping spiders are best able to hear frequencies similar to those created by the beating wings of parasitoid wasp enemies.
  • Hobo Spider Bites Might Not Be So Toxic After All

    05/04/2014 7:54:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Discovery ^ | Agata Blaszczak
    Whether the bites of the hobo spider are toxic to people has been a matter of scientific debate, but a new study suggests the spider's venom may be less harmful than many people think. With black widows and brown recluse spiders, hobo spiders are listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of the three venomous spiders that can be found in the United States, that can be dangerous. In some cases, hobo spider bites have caused necrosis, which is the death of cells or tissue, according to a 1996 report from the CDC. However, researchers have...
  • Studies on Spiders show the dangers of Drugs Like Marijuana (Very cool Video)

    05/22/2010 11:45:56 AM PDT · by OneVike · 75 replies · 1,851+ views
    ChicoER Gate | 5/22/10 | Chuck Wolk
    As I told you a few weeks ago, this November the voters of California will decide whether or not marijuana should be legalized or not. In the article, Legalizing Marijuana, So Politicians Can Spend More Money, I gave my reasons for being against the initiative. After all, the last thing we need to do in California is feed the drug habit of politicians by giving them another product to tax millions of dollars on for their already failed programs. That's right, tax dollars is just as addictive to politicians as crack cocaine is to those caught in it's web...
  • Fear of Spiders Can Develop Before Birth

    02/18/2010 7:27:41 AM PST · by cajuncow · 47 replies · 554+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2-18-10 | Live Science Staff
    Scientists figure humans may be born with a fear of spiders and snakes, healthy phobias that up the odds of survival in the wild. It's not known how such an inborn fear might develop, however. Now researchers have proven that unborn crickets can gain a fear of spiders based on their mother's harrowing experiences. Scientists put pregnant crickets into terrariums containing a wolf spider. The spiders' fangs were covered with wax so the spiders could stalk but not kill the pregnant crickets. After the crickets laid their eggs, the researchers compared the behavior of the offspring with offspring whose mothers...
  • Sprawling spider web engulfs North Texas park trail

    08/30/2007 2:44:49 PM PDT · by Orange1998 · 182 replies · 5,054+ views
    WILLS POINT — Entomologists are debating the origin and rarity of a sprawling spider web that blankets several trees, shrubs and the ground along a 200-yard stretch of trail in a North Texas park. Officials at Lake Tawakoni State Park say the massive mosquito trap is a big attraction for some visitors, while others won't go anywhere near it. "At first, it was so white it looked like fairyland," said Donna Garde, superintendent of the park about 45 miles east of Dallas. "Now it's filled with so many mosquitoes that it's turned a little brown. There are times you can...
  • Society-focused spiders live and hunt together

    08/24/2006 2:24:58 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 13 replies · 887+ views
    NewScientist ^ | 23 Aug 2006 | Matt Kaplan
    Spiders are not famous for their caring, sharing nature. Unlike insects such as ants, it is virtually unheard of for arachnids to live in societies that employ tactics and team work. So the discovery in Ecuador of spiders nesting in family-based communities and hunting in packs was a surprise find for Leticia Avilés, an arachnid expert at the University of British Columbia in Canada. According to Avilés, there are over 39,000 identified spider species. While she has seen just over 20 species cooperate, she has never encountered any species quite like Theridion nigroannulatum. The spiders live in nests that house...
  • Hows this for an unusual pet? And what do you have? (vanity)

    12/21/2004 10:55:41 AM PST · by EUPHORIC · 47 replies · 835+ views
    Self ^ | 12/21/2004 | Self
    A year ago I would have called you stark raving mad if you'd suggested that today I'd have one of these things voluntarily anywhere within a mile let alone perched on my hand: Click here for a much higher resolution (and larger) pic But just after we moved to Texas I found the first live Scorpion I'd ever seen happily crawling around my office at home and rather then killing it I kept it as a pet and eventually was so enamored of the thing that I obtained some MUCH larger Scorp's and here is one of them! What kind...
  • Sheik: Allah sent giant spiders to combat U.S. (arachnids as big as a chair)

    08/26/2004 11:53:54 PM PDT · by ETERNAL WARMING · 58 replies · 1,345+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Aug 27, 2004 | staff
    Sheik: Allah sent giant spiders to combat U.S. Cleric says arachnids as big as a chair killed soldiers in battle -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: August 27, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 An Iraqi sheik claims Allah sent giant spiders to the town of Fallujah to help its residents fend off attacks by U.S. military forces. Sheik Mahdi Saleh Al-Sumide'i spoke to Syrian TV on Monday, claiming several Arab television stations videotaped the helpful arachnids.
  • Spider ID Help

    07/04/2004 6:54:02 PM PDT · by steplock · 96 replies · 3,862+ views
    Spadata ^ | 4 Jul 2004
    I need some SPIDER identification help. A few weeks ago, I was bitten by a Brown Recluse (very painful and long lasting effects). One of my dogs was bitten by another spider - and my wife a couple days ago was also bitten - but NOT by another Recluse luckily. Tonight I just found THIS rather large spider sitting at my back door - now dead! Can anyone identify this arachnid? Hot Springs Arkansas area. Thanx! ps. that is 1 inch on the scale.