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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
Jim Daley | Feb 5, 2018
This discovery closes a 170-million-year gap in the fossil record.
Image of the Day: Rainbow Butt
Staff | Jan 4, 2018
Scientists explore why male peacock spiders are so colorful.
Mining Spider Toxins for Analgesic Clues
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2018
Arachnids harbor a plentiful array of molecules that target mammalian pain receptors.
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
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.
Image of the Day: Better Be . . . Gryffindor!
Staff | May 22, 2017
Inspired by the Sorting Hat from the Harry Potter series, scientists aptly dubbed this pointy spider
after the fictional yet formidable wizard Godric Gryffindor.
Lightning-Fast Spider Bites
Tanya Lewis | Apr 8, 2016
Trap-jaw spiders have the fastest, most powerful bite of any arachnid, scientists show.
Spiders, Prey Leave DNA
Bob Grant | Nov 30, 2015
A study of black widow spiders suggests that the arachnids leave traces of their own genetic material and DNA from prey in their sticky webs.
Spider and Centipede Venom Remarkably Similar
Bob Grant | Jun 12, 2015
The predatory toxins employed by animals separated by millions of years of evolution are virtually identical, a study shows.