Newly-Discovered "Sparklemuffin" Peacock Spider Is Here To Party

Well, helllooo! Meet one of the only arachnids that we'd actually call "cute," a newly-identified species of peacock spider dubbed "Sparklemuffin." Another new discovery, "Skeletorus" (which is also pretty cute, with added mod-meets-goth flair), is pictured below. » 2/26/15 1:42pm 2/26/15 1:42pm

No, A Spider Did Not Burrow Under A Man's Skin And Live There For Days

There's a story currently making the rounds about an Australian man who, upon returning from a trip to Bali, discovered that a spider burrowed under his skin and traveled up to his chest. Freaky? Yes, but it's also not plausible. » 10/16/14 2:10pm 10/16/14 2:10pm

Terrifyingly Brilliant Spider Creates Stunningly Advanced Web

A European garden spider recently stumbled upon a rather amazing solution to a serious problem. It wanted to weave its web across the top of a garage, but the angle of the roof was too shallow for anchoring. So it did what any industrious spider would do — it suspended a rock to anchor the bottom of the web. » 10/07/14 8:40am 10/07/14 8:40am

Creepy Simulation Shows How Ancient Arachnids Actually Walked

After modeling the exceptionally well-preserved remains of a 410 million-year-old arachnid, researchers from the University of Manchester in the UK used an open-source computer graphics program to bring the extinct predator back to virtual life. » 7/09/14 6:20am 7/09/14 6:20am

And Now, Let's All Watch This Spider Do Some Cartwheels

Scientists have identified a new — and exceptionally agile — cartwheeling-spider. Oh, and did we mention that they've also built it a robotic companion? » 5/05/14 10:35am 5/05/14 10:35am

This Transparent Jumping Spider is the Stuff of Nightmares

There are more than 5000 species of jumping spider. This one, spotted in an Ecuadorian reserve by zoologist Wayne Maddison is both fascinating and terrifying. » 4/29/14 7:39pm 4/29/14 7:39pm

Holy Crap, This Molting Tarantula Video Is Completely Bonkers

Seriously, even if spiders give you the heebie-jeebies, you need to watch this. With a little bit of audio editing, a tarantula shedding its exoskeleton becomes cute—even if it's still a bit creepy. » 3/20/14 1:20pm 3/20/14 1:20pm

Watch this spider use its web as a bug-trapping slingshot

That's right, this Amazonian arachnid can fling its web at your face. But it prefers to take aim at tasty bugs rather than wait for them to walk onto its web. » 1/15/14 3:40pm 1/15/14 3:40pm

Male Spiders "Shudder" to Calm Their Cannibalistic Brides

For some male spiders, sex can come with a very high price: Death. How, then, do they get it on without becoming their cannibalistic mate's snack? Scientists have found that male orb-web spiders save their skin by performing a smooth move called the "shudder," which has the amazing ability to reduce female aggression. » 12/19/13 12:30pm 12/19/13 12:30pm

No, that spider didn't bite you. Probably.

Hey, remember that time you thought a spider bit you? Well, it probably didn't. According to arachnologists, that "bite" you got was more likely from one of the many other creepy-crawlies out there. It could even be an infection (unrelated to spiders). » 7/05/13 2:00pm 7/05/13 2:00pm

This Is Why Spider Monogamy Is Terrifying

In certain species of spiders and insects, females kill and eat their mates after sex. But the dark fishing spider experiences a very odd twist on this gruesome tale. » 6/19/13 1:02pm 6/19/13 1:02pm

Should you really start eating insects?

Earlier this month, the UN released a paper touting the nutritional and environmental benefits of insects. The paper caused quite a stir in the media, with a mix of fascination, head-nodding, and not a little revulsion. But why is the UN advocating entomophagy? Why aren't we eating bugs already? And should you really… » 5/26/13 7:00am 5/26/13 7:00am

Bat-eating spiders are everywhere (except Antarctica)

Today in nightmare fuel: scientists now believe bat-eating spiders to be more widely distributed around the globe than previously realized. According to newly published research, bat-predation by spiders has been observed on every continent on Earth — Antarctica being the sole exception. As if this video evidence… » 3/18/13 2:40pm 3/18/13 2:40pm

Entomologist creates one-of-kind paintings using live bugs as his…

Entomologist Steven Kutcher has worked as a wrangler of creepy crawlies on movies like Arachnophobia, Jurassic Park, and James and the Giant Peach. But his artist interest in insects and arachnids go beyond the silver screen. He also dips their bodies in paint and places them on a canvas, letting his tiny artists… » 3/03/13 10:00am 3/03/13 10:00am

Meet a daddy longlegs with a 13-inch legspan

Daddy longlegs don't pose a threat to humans, but the following species from Laos may unnerve those readers with hair-trigger squeamishness. This arachnid — which is known as a harvestman — boasts a 33-centimeter legspan and was discovered in the Laotian province of Khammouan by Dr. Peter Jäger of Frankfurt's… » 10/16/12 12:40pm 10/16/12 12:40pm

Incredible fossil discovery reveals a brain that's over half a billion…

Researchers have announced what might be the oldest example of a brain ever discovered. For 520 million years, the remains of ancient arthropods known as Fuxianhuia have been hiding in the hills of Southern China, interred between layers of ancient mudstone. The body of this long-extinct creature is regarded by… » 10/10/12 12:36pm 10/10/12 12:36pm

Hooray, an optical illusion of a building filled with giant spiders

For hilarious and sadistic kicks, German designer Friedrich van Schoor created this projection mapping installation of an entire building story occupied by two automobile-sized spiders. Oh, to be a fly on the wall confused passerby when these eight-legged monsters began scampering. » 9/27/12 8:00am 9/27/12 8:00am

Rosacea could be caused by mites unleashing feces inside your pores

Holy crap. File this away under things you desperately wish you could un-know: lurking in your pores right now are tiny bugs, closely related to spiders, that live off your facial oils. Usually, these bugs are harmless, but harbor too many of them and their tendency to die and decompose while they're inside you » 8/30/12 9:41am 8/30/12 9:41am