Image of the Day: Ant Imposters
Image of the Day: Ant Imposters
Over the course of their lives, the jumping spider Synemosyna formica wears two different ant disguises to fool preying birds.
Image of the Day: Ant Imposters
Image of the Day: Ant Imposters

Over the course of their lives, the jumping spider Synemosyna formica wears two different ant disguises to fool preying birds.

Over the course of their lives, the jumping spider Synemosyna formica wears two different ant disguises to fool preying birds.

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Image of the Day: Under the Microscope
Image of the Day: Under the Microscope
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 5, 2019
A virtual exhibition of C.R. Percival’s slides reveals the natural world up close.
Jumping Spiders Produce Milk to Feed Their Young
Jumping Spiders Produce Milk to Feed Their Young
Diana Kwon | Nov 29, 2018
Without access to their mothers’ milk, Toxeus magnus offspring die within the first 10 days of life.
Image of the Day: Spinning Webs
Image of the Day: Spinning Webs
Sukanya Charuchandra | Sep 19, 2018
Scientists photograph a spider web in micron-scale glory.
Hawaiian Spiders on Different Islands Evolved Same Disguise in Parallel
Hawaiian Spiders on Different Islands Evolved Same Disguise in Parallel
Catherine Offord | Mar 8, 2018
In an unusual evolutionary twist, local stick spiders have come up with an almost identical repertoire of color morphs in multiple locations.
Spiders with Long Tails Found in Ancient Amber
Spiders with Long Tails Found in Ancient Amber
Jim Daley | Feb 5, 2018
This discovery closes a 170-million-year gap in the fossil record.
Image of the Day: Rainbow Butt
Image of the Day: Rainbow Butt
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Jan 4, 2018
Scientists explore why male peacock spiders are so colorful. 
Mining Spider Toxins for Analgesic Clues
Mining Spider Toxins for Analgesic Clues
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2018
Arachnids harbor a plentiful array of molecules that target mammalian pain receptors.
Animal Analgesics
Animal Analgesics
The Scientist Staff | Jan 1, 2018
A cornucopia of toxins in the animal kingdom could provide inspiration for novel painkillers, but so far, effective drugs have proven elusive.
 
Insect Cuticle Aids Spiders’ Traps
Insect Cuticle Aids Spiders’ Traps
Sandhya Sekar | Jun 2, 2017
Prey stick to orb-weaver spider webs because their waxy outer layers mesh with spider silk to form a matrix glue.