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  • New 'Johnny Cash' Tarantula Uproots Spider Family Tree (14 new species found in U.S.)

    02/04/2016 8:56:25 PM PST · by dayglored · 81 replies
    National Geographic ^ | Feb 4, 2016 | Michael Greshko
    A challenging, years-long survey has uncovered 14 new species of U.S. tarantula, including one named after Johnny Cash. Some, like Aphonopelma madera, live on forested "sky islands," mountains surrounded on all sides by Arizona's deserts. Others, like the tiny Aphonopelma atomicum, nestle themselves in silk-lined burrows near Nevada's nuclear test sites. And Aphonopelma johnnycashi, named for the legendary country musician, makes its home near Folsom Prison, California. True to form, adult males are mostly black, a getup of which Cash--the Man in Black--would have no doubt been proud. (Also see "New Tarantula (Not Beetle) Named After John Lennon.") To uncover...
  • Bridge in Ohio capital is infested with thousands of spiders

    10/23/2015 3:05:47 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 23 replies
    AP via ^ | October 23, 2015 | staff reporter
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Main Street bridge in Ohio's capital might appear to be decked out for Halloween, but officials say the extensive webs spotted by motorists at night are real.
  • Spiders Ingest Nanotubes, Then Weave Silk Reinforced with Carbon

    05/07/2015 2:27:54 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 43 replies
    Spiders sprayed with water containing carbon nanotubes and graphene flakes have produced the toughest fibers ever measured, say materials scientists. Spider silk is one of the more extraordinary materials known to science. The protein fiber, spun by spiders to make webs, is stronger than almost anything that humans can make. The dragline silk spiders use to make a web’s outer rim and spokes is amazing stuff. It matches high-grade alloy steel for tensile strength but is about a sixth as dense. It is also highly ductile, sometimes capable of stretching to five times its length. This combination of strength and...
  • Spiders sprayed with carbon nanotubes spin superstrong webs

    05/06/2015 8:29:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-06-2015 | by Bob Yirka
    A team of researchers working in Italy has found that simply spraying a spider with a carbon nanotube solution can cause the spider to spin stronger webs. In their paper they have uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, the team describes their experiments with both graphene and nanotube solutions and what happened when they sprayed it on ordinary spiders. As the researchers note, while silk production using silkworms has been quite successful, doing the same to harvest silk from spiders has not, (because of their territorial traits, the complex nature of the silk they make and their cannibalistic tendencies) which...
  • Newly discovered arthropod fossil swam in Cambrian seas

    03/30/2015 9:55:22 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    AOL ^ | March 29th 2015 | unattributed
    Paleontologists have discovered the fossilized remains of a new arthropod. Yawunik kootenayi was swimming around oceans in Canada in the Cambrian period, 508 million years ago. It's thought to share a common ancestor with today's spiders and scorpions. The arthropod had four eyes and arms lined with both tiny claws to help it feed, and long antennae to sense its surroundings. The study's lead author says species today don't have limbs that function like that. "This dual function is very, very special, because it does not appear in modern forms. If you take insects as an example, they have a...
  • Spiders Have Always Been Spiders

    03/23/2015 7:21:04 AM PDT · by fishtank · 21 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 3-19-2015 | Frank Sherwin
    Spiders Have Always Been Spiders by Frank Sherwin, M.A. * A University of California Berkley graduate student has discovered two beautiful new species of peacock spiders in southeast Queensland, Australia.1 The student, Madeline Girard, named the two colorful creatures "Sparklemuffin" and "Skeletorus," both of the genus Maratus. They are noted for their ornate mating dances that many viewers find amusing. Are these splendid specimens highly evolved species or have spiders always been spiders?
  • Giant Ocean Arthropod Rivals Largest in History

    03/11/2015 12:36:46 PM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | March 11, 2015 | Ross Pomeroy
    A trio of paleontologists has announced the discovery of a fossil belonging to a new species of ancient arthropod that rivals the largest ever found. They detail their finding in Wednesday's publication of the journal Nature. Hundreds of millions of years ago, arthropods, which include modern-day spiders, insects, and crustaceans, were much larger, and we're not talking the size of a small dog. An extinct millipede called Arthropleura reached up to 8.5 feet in length, making it the largest land invertebrate ever known to exist. Jaekelopterus rhenaniae, which extended 8.2 feet, dwelled in the water (pictured right).
  • Snake vs spider smackdown! The moment a giant red-back LIFTS an eastern brown

    03/02/2015 6:42:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 2, 2015 | Daniel Piotrowski
    This is the moment one of Australia's deadliest creatures found itself at the mercy of yet another of the nation's venomous killers. A Victorian farmer was astonished to find an enormous red-back spider had lifted an eastern brown snake off the ground and 'hurled it' into its web under one of the family's car at the weekend. 'It's just mindboggling,' said Neale Postlethwaite, a farmer of 20 years from Gooroc, north of Melbourne. 'I can't believe it was actually able to stop it and then hurl it up backwards into its nest.'
  • ‘This is why we check our shoes’: The horrifying pictures of spiders in footwear.....

    12/11/2014 8:45:18 PM PST · by Morgana · 78 replies
    MAIL ONLINE ^ | 11 December 2014 | Heather Mcnab for Daily Mail Australia
    FULL TITLE: ‘This is why we check our shoes’: The horrifying pictures of spiders in footwear, children’s trampolines and car seats that are turning U.S. travellers off Australia Emerging from shoes, lying undetected in toilets, waiting patiently in cars and on walls, native wildlife has earned Australia the tag of a country brimming with deadly creatures. In many cases, this reputation is well-earned, with countless cases of bites, stings, and close encounters with the nation's creepiest of crawlies. Images of the poisonous and many-legged creatures have started to pack a frightful punch overseas, with many US citizens expressing their fear...
  • 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...
  • Magnetic Spider Webs Attract Scientists' Attention (article)

    01/29/2014 10:48:00 AM PST · by fishtank · 10 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 1-29-2014 | Brian Thomas
    Magnetic Spider Webs Attract Scientists' Attention by Brian Thomas, M.S. * No, it’s not science fiction—it’s real. Spider webs use electricity to snare prey, and researchers recently discovered an added environmental benefit from these arachnids’ masterful constructions. Electrical properties within the glue-like coating on a spider web alter the magnetic field around it. When potential prey flies nearby, the web snaps out and tags its target like a tiny magnet. The web is negatively or neutrally charged, while insect bodies often carry a positive charge. In 2013, researchers found that spider webs snare positively charged insects with greater efficiency than...
  • Peacock Spider Dances to YMCA

    12/29/2013 11:54:37 AM PST · by navysealdad · 11 replies
    The Peacock spider or Gliding spider (Maratus volans) is a species of jumping spider.
  • Family forced to flee home after deadly spiders start hatching out of bananas

    11/05/2013 8:45:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies ^ | November 4, 2013 | Metro
    A family had to move into a hotel and fumigate their home after deadly South American spiders began hatching out of a bunch of Sainsbury’s bananas. Terrified Consi Taylor, 29, said she saw something that looked like mould on a Colombian Fairtrade banana she was eating. However, on closer inspection she said she saw some ‘funny looking spots’ and realised something was wrong. ‘I had a closer look and was horrified to see they were spiders. They were hatching out on the table, scurrying around on my carpet. I was so scared I started crying,’ she told The Sun. Sainsbury’s...
  • The Angolan Witch Spider, Sequestration And The Government Shutdown

    10/22/2013 11:13:28 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 10/22/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    There is the recent internet sensation (not Miley Cyrus) … the Angolan Witch Spider! Allegedly, it feasts on dogs and cats and took several gunshots to kill. And was found in Texas. Sure-You-Want-To-Move-To-Florida The reality is less interesting. The photo was a fake. Here is the actual photo of the spider in question. Wolfie-(1)-c-2012-Paul-Santa-Maria-(Proof) Remember the dreaded “sequester?” Allegedly, 2.14 million jobs were at risk. And the Federal government partial shutdown? Allegedly, 700,000 jobs were at risk in the Greater Washington DC area. Here is the September 2013 unemployment number for Washington DC and Arlington VA: 5.40%. True, the unemployment...
  • Ballooning Spiders Fly North Texas Skies

    09/25/2013 3:40:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Long silky strands falling across North Texas signal the migration of a cluster of spiders. The silk acts similar to a parachute, allowing them to move their home from one spot to another. An Extension Program Specialist with Texas A&M said the process is called "ballooning." Typically, it's done by young spiders, but some adult spiders also use the process to move from location to location. In layman's terms, the spider simply climbs to a high point, sticks out its stomach to release the silk and uses the wind to send them high in the air. How far they travel...
  • Meet the Tarantula as Big as Your Face

    04/07/2013 4:49:54 AM PDT · by Renfield · 42 replies
    Discovery News ^ | 4-5-2013 | Marc Lallanilla
    It's big, it's hairy, and it's venomous. The newest spider to give arachnophobes the willies, a tarantula named Poecilotheria rajaei has been discovered on the island nation of Sri Lanka. With a leg span of 8 inches (20 centimeters) and enough venom to kill mice, lizards, small birds and snakes, according to Sky News, the crawler is covered in subtle markings of gray, pink and daffodil yellow. "It can be quite attractive, unless spiders freak you out," Peter Kirk, editor of the British Tarantula Society journal, told the New York Daily News. Even the scientists studying the spiders admit to...
  • Bat-eating spiders are everywhere, study finds

    03/18/2013 10:33:22 AM PDT · by algernon_garnock · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03-18-2013 | Charles Choi
    There's only one place in the world to escape bat-catching spiders: Antarctica. These arachnids ensnare and pounce on bats everywhere else in the world, researchers say. Bats rank among the most successful groups of mammals, with the more than 1,200 species of bats comprising about one-fifth of all mammal species. Other than owls, hawks and snakes, bats have few natural enemies. Still, invertebrates — creatures without backbones — have been known to dine on bats. For instance, giant centipedes in a cave in Venezuela were seen killing and eating bats, and the arachnids known as whip spiders were spotted feeding...
  • Rare spider puts halt to pipeline project

    02/27/2013 9:41:56 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 34 replies
    upi ^ | Feb. 26, 2013
    SAN ANTONIO, - Construction of a Texas water pipeline was halted due to the discovery of the same spider that halted a highway project. The San Antonio Water System said construction of the six-mile pipeline was halted with less than 1,500 feet to go when a Texas Department of Transportation crew working on a different project uncovered a cave containing the endangered Braken Bat Cave meshweaver spider, a federally protected species, the San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday. SAWS spokeswoman Anne Hayden said the spider, which also caused construction at Loop 1604 and Texas 151 to be halted, has left the...
  • Giant Spiders Spark Panic in Northeast India

    06/22/2012 10:41:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 5, 2012
    Officials say colonies of giant biting spiders have attacked villagers and sparked panic in remote northeast India. But they say locals' attempts to treat the painful swelling caused by the bites may be more dangerous than the spiders themselves. Two bite victims have died in Tinsukia district. Authorities say it is unclear whether they died from venom or from treatment by witch doctors who cut them with razor blades to drain the wounds. Local magistrate Kishore Thakuria said the victims were cremated before autopsies could be done. Enlarge Image Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Ratul Rajkhowa, a professor at the Department of...
  • Attack of the killer spiders: Invasion of biting tarantulas sparks panic in northeast India

    06/06/2012 1:47:04 PM PDT · by yorkie · 72 replies ^ | June 5, 2012 | Natalie Evans
    An invasion of giant biting spiders has sparked mass panic in northeast India. Two people have died after being bitten by the hairy creatures, thought to be a new species of tarantula. But officials in the district of Tinsukia said locals’ attempts to treat the painful swelling caused by the bites may be more dangerous than the spiders themselves. It is unclear whether the victims died from venom or from treatment by witch doctors, who cut them with razor blades to drain the wounds.
  • Black Widow Spiders Infest Navy Warship

    12/15/2011 2:20:34 PM PST · by george76 · 88 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | December 14, 2011
    A Navy shipbuilder in Maine says it had to fumigate a warehouse and part of a warship because a shipment of parts from the West Coast contained about two-dozen venomous black widow spiders. ... The shipyard is confident exterminators eliminated any spiders that weren’t stomped.
  • Spiders on a plane: Swiss stop smuggler carrying hundreds of tarantulas in suitcase

    10/19/2011 11:03:01 AM PDT · by yorkie · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/19/11 | Staff
    GENEVA — Swiss customs officials say they intercepted a man at Zurich airport carrying hundreds of endangered spiders in his luggage. Customs officials found 261 Mexican red-kneed tarantulas packed into individual plastic bags inside six boxes belonging to a Swiss man arriving from the Dominican Republic in August.
  • Yikes! (video)

    09/30/2011 1:41:49 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 16 replies
  • News Team Freaks Out Over Spider (on air)

    09/02/2011 3:53:22 PM PDT · by CitizenM · 6 replies
    The Bubble ^ | 8/18/11
    "Get that thing outta here..." Click on link
  • Spiders Top the 'Most Feared' List

    09/01/2011 7:19:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    UKPA ^ | 9/1/2011
    Spiders are the most feared pest, although people increasingly have phobias about hornets, rats and wasps, a new study has revealed. Spiders topped a "fear index", with two-thirds of those questioned saying they were spooked by them, a survey of 2,000 adults by home emergency firm HomeServe found. Hornets and rats were closely behind, with foxes sneaking into the top 10 ahead of mice, fleas, slugs and snails, while moths, flies and ants were the least feared.
  • Male Black Widow Spiders Sniff Out Cannibal Females

    07/08/2011 1:01:08 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 July 2011 | Victoria Gill
    Male black widow spiders can sniff out a well-fed female simply by walking on her web, according to researchers. The males appear to use this technique to avoid hungry females, which are more likely to cannibalise them. This habit of eating the male after mating earned the spiders their name. But this research shows that males can mitigate that risk by sniffing the silk to find out if a female is ravenous and therefore too risky to mate with. The study is published in the journal Animal Behaviour, and is the first to show that the spiders are able to...
  • Spiderlings Cut Loose Like Tiny Popped Fireworks

    06/28/2011 5:01:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | June 24, 2011 | Lynda V. Mapes
    Tinier than poppy seeds, spiderlings just hatched from their egg sac are often seen in a tight, huddled cluster. Spiderlings huddle together just after hatching. Seattle Times photographer Steve Ringman shot this picture this week on the Sammamish Plateau. Just why they huddle up like that isn't known, said Rod Crawford, spider expert at the Burke Museum. To me, it looks like they are chilly and want somebody to throw on a down quilt. When they scatter, that, Crawford notes, is not to disperse to new habitat, but to defend themselves from some perceived threat. They may, or may not...
  • Castrated" Spiders Are Better Fighters, Study Says

    04/02/2011 3:20:09 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 34 replies
    National Geographiic ^ | March 30th 2011 | .Charles Q. Choi
    Although emasculated spiders can no longer be lovers, they are better fighters, a new study says. In many spider species, males have sex using two appendages known as pedipalps. But males will often lose one or both pedipalps during the act—behavior that might seem like a bad idea evolutionarily, since it renders the male sterile. (Related pictures: "'Torture' Phalluses Give Beetles Breeding Boost.") Scientists have proposed that such genital amputation plugs up a female to help ensure that other males don't successfully impregnate her. To learn more about why male spiders become eunuchs, scientists examined the mating behaviors of the...
  • Spider Webs and Loose Keys Cause Auto Recalls

    03/03/2011 2:26:03 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | 3-3-11 | none
    DETROIT (WWJ) – A big recall at Chrysler and a creepy one at Mazda. Spiders that can spin webs in fuel systems are causing Mazda to recall 52 thousand Mazda 6 sedans from the 2009 and 2010 model years. Those webs can cause damage to the fuel systems, and potentially lead to fuel leaks. Chrysler, meanwhile, is recalling about 250,000 vehicles to fix potential engine stalling. The company says it will recall 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans and 2010 Dodge Journey crossovers in the wake of reports that the ignition key could move while driving...
  • 200 giant spiders, termites feast on man

    02/26/2011 3:13:58 AM PST · by Daffynition · 71 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | February 26, 2011 | staff reporter
    A MAN was found dead in his apartment draped in spider webs and more than 200 spiders, several snakes, thousands of termites, and a gecko were feasting on his corpse. Mark Voegel, 30, was found dead in Dortmund, Germany. Authorities were alerted when concerned neighbours noticed a horrendous stench emanating from the apartment. His black widow, Bettina, is believed to have administered the deadly bite.
  • Man to Spend Three Weeks Living with 300 Spiders

    11/15/2010 2:35:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, November 16, 2010
    Man began a challenge to spend 22 days living with more than 300 deadly spidersAn Australian man began a challenge to spend 22 days living with more than 300 deadly spiders in an attempt to raise money for children's charity Variety. Nick Le Souef, 67, of Melbourne, jumped into an enclosure amid hundreds of spiders including highly-toxic redbacks and startlingly-large huntsman, the Herald Sun reported. He will live alongside the arachnids for more than 23 hours a day, with just half an hour respite to shower and go to the toilet. Despite the obvious danger, Le Souef said he was...
  • Spiderlings to descend on Suffolk broads (hybrid spiders to cope with climate change)(UK)

    10/23/2010 4:58:08 PM PDT · by decimon · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | October 21, 2010 | Unknown
    More than 1,000 young spiders from a hybrid species have been released into the Suffolk broads.> "This... should give the new population at Castle Marshes the best potential to adapt to its surroundings and to cope with the impacts of climate change." >
  • Nature film. Spiders on drugs. Fascinating. Not safe for kids.

    10/10/2010 4:24:05 PM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 22 replies
    Amazing and enlightening short nature film.
  • Black widow spiders infest San Diego elementary school

    10/04/2010 1:12:42 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 63 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | October 4, 2010 | Ethan Sacks
    Students in a San Diego elementary school are getting a lesson in arachnophobia. Dozens of venomous black widow spiders have been found infesting classrooms in Pete W. Ross Elementary School, San Diego's KGTV reported. "The spiders... are coming out now from the bookshelves and the doorways and even up in the rafters," April Robertson, a third grade teacher at the school, told the station.
  • New York Apartment Overrun by Venomous Spiders

    10/03/2010 11:40:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 29, 2010
    The poisonous brown recluse spider is a very rare sight in New York City. So imagine one woman's surprise upon finding the venomous creature in her sink. Gail Ingram claims she found the first recluse spider in the sink of her apartment on Gramercy Park in Manhattan. And despite the wave of bedbugs sweeping through the city -- the latest such infestation was discovered in shock jock Howard Stern's office -- poisonous spiders are a different story entirely. Yet there it was. "I discovered a brown recluse spider in my kitchen sink,"
  • Spiders infesting Florida parks

    09/05/2010 9:17:53 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 39 replies · 3+ views
    upi ^ | Sept. 4, 2010
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.- A Florida bug expert says banana spiders up to 4 inches long, common in the state's parks and recreational areas, aren't dangerous, but are nutritious. The spiders are native to the southeast and tropics, and are most prominent in late summer and early fall, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel said Saturday. "They are worth their weight in gold in the number of insect pests they consume," said Clive Pinnock, manager of the Okeeheelee Nature Center. He said they feed on mosquitoes and other insects that plague summertime visitors. Beyond consuming mosquitoes, the spiders have another benefit. Glavis Edwards,...
  • Creepy crawlies: Amazing Scanning Electron Microscope pictures of insects and spiders

    09/04/2010 12:51:38 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | August 3, 2010
    Amazing electron microscope pictures of insects and spiders.
  • Spider-infested ship turned back from Guam landing

    07/19/2010 11:45:00 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 7/19/10 | n/a
    HAGATNA, Guam – Authorities in the U.S. territory of Guam have turned away a ship after thousands of spiders overflowed from its cargo. The Guam Department of Agriculture said hundreds of large spiders and thousands of smaller ones were seen when stevedores began offloading insulation and beams for housing units from the ship, the M.V. Altavia...
  • Check out this hilarious video of Spiders on Drugs

    05/22/2010 6:33:17 PM PDT · by Tom Hawks · 30 replies · 1,614+ 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...
  • 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...
  • Woman Loses Breast After Spider Bite

    05/21/2010 12:52:56 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 58 replies · 2,035+ views ^ | Friday, May 21, 2010 | ???
    PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- A Paulding County woman is recovering from major surgery after being bitten by a brown recluse spider at her home. “I would have never known in a million years that a spider could ever do this much damage,” said Victoria Franklin. Franklin was at WellStar Windy Hill Hospital Friday morning, recovering from an April mastectomy. “I didn’t flip out over that. I was glad to be alive,” she said of her surgery. She found out she lost her left breast when the hospital staff told her after she woke up from an 11-day coma. “She said,...
  • 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...
  • ... The multi-coloured 'peacock' spider that reveals a spectrum of shades to attract a mate

    11/28/2009 5:49:06 AM PST · by Daffynition · 32 replies · 1,393+ views
    MailOnline ^ | 28th November 2009 | Sara Mccorquodale
    When we think of spiders, us Brits tends to imagine the black and brown creatures that thrive in dry corners and give us a fright when we least expect it. Australians, the other hand, are privy to much more exciting sights, as these pictures of the 'peacock spider' prove. While it may be eight-legged like every other spider, this one has an impressive mating ritual to attract a partner. It shows off a rainbow of colours to impress nearby females by fanning out two brightly patterned flaps at the back of his body. Displaying its spectrum of shades in an...
  • Amber-Trapped Spider Web Too Old for Evolution

    11/20/2009 8:37:04 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 56 replies · 2,508+ views
    ICR News ^ | November 20, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Amateur fossil hunters Jamie and Jonathan Hiscocks were looking for dinosaur remains in East Sussex, UK, when they instead found tiny spider webs trapped inside a piece of ancient amber. Oxford University paleobiologist Martin Brasier inspected the amber, which was assigned an age of over 100 million years. He concluded that spiders back then were able to spin webs just like today’s garden spiders.The amber-encased webbing formed concentric circles like those that contemporary orb-weaver spiders manufacture. Also evident were “little sticky droplets along the web threads to trap prey,” Brasier told the Daily Mail. He added, “You can match the...
  • Queensland alert over giant funnel-web sightings

    11/06/2009 2:08:50 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 30 replies · 1,834+ views
    Courier Mail ^ | 7th November 2009 | Brian Williams
    SOUTHEAST Queenslanders should be on the lookout for large black funnel-web spiders as big as an adult hand. As the hot, humid weather arrives, the potentially deadly spiders are on the move, with the first reports of the season this week. Queensland Museum senior curator Robert Raven said yesterday sightings of male funnel-webs had been confirmed at Mt Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland and Mt Glorious, west of Brisbane. With summer temperatures and rain, male funnel-webs would be active until at least March or April. Males often wandered at night searching for females, especially during rain. They are black,...
  • New Discovery: A Spider That Eats Its Veggies

    10/13/2009 4:54:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 589+ views
    WBUR ^ | October 13, 2009 | RICHARD HARRIS
    Spiders deserve their reputation as bloodthirsty critters. Up until now, all 40,000 species known to science seemed to eat by sucking the juices out of insects and other prey. But researchers have come across a spider that is a vegetarian, and is apparently the first example of a plant-eating spider. Two scientists, working independently in Costa Rica and Mexico, noticed that the neotropical jumping spider feeds on acacia leaf tips. These yummy leaf tips are primarily eaten by ants, which in turn defend the plants from predators. But the spider, known as Bagheera kiplingi, has developed a taste for the...
  • Poisonous Spiders Invade San Diego

    09/25/2009 5:23:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 90 replies · 4,610+ views
    PopFi ^ | 9/25/2009 | Ron Hogan
    San Diego, California, has a problem with spiders. These aren’t the cute David Bowie kind or the useful silk-making kind, these are the invasive, super-poisonous kind. Originally from South Africa, the brown widow spider, also called the gray widow, brown button spider, or the geometric button spider has spread like wildfire throughout the United States and has recently found the city of San Diego to their liking. Not only are they running the local spider population out of town, they’re also pretty much running everything and everyone out of town as their population swells out of control. While the brown...
  • Rare venomous spider bite spreads fear in southern France [U.S. import]

    07/31/2009 10:33:40 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 55 replies · 3,478+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/31/2009 | Henry Samuel in Paris
    Arachnophobia has gripped southeastern France after a pensioner suffered a near-lethal bite from a rare spider whose venom is said to be "as dangerous as a cobra's". François Inderchit, 59, was settling down for his afternoon siesta earlier this month in Orange, in Vaucluse, and was bitten by something "a bit more violent than a mosquito" when he turned over in bed. He saw that it was a spider and that he had killed it. Within 24 hours, a gaping, gangrenous wound six inches long, three inches wide and half an inch deep developed around the bite area on Mr...
  • What Kind of Spider is this? (Vanity)

    07/24/2009 8:21:01 PM PDT · by pillut48 · 58 replies · 2,509+ views
    My Own Back Yard
    I believe it's some sort of orb spider, isn't it? Harmless, but good for the garden? Looks huge, but it was about as big as a skinny quarter...beautiful markings though! Here's the original picture:
  • Anderson Cooper Tells Letterman He "Shrieked Like a Girl" After Spider Bite - Video 7/16/09

    07/17/2009 11:44:28 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 16 replies · 1,250+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 17, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of CNN's Anderson Cooper on with David Letterman last night, where he told about getting a spider bite the night before a scheduled interview with President Obama. Cooper told letter he "shreiked like a girl" when he saw his swollen eye after the bite, but that the swelling had pretty well disappeared by the time of the interview. . . . . (Watch Video)