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

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 that… » 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 becomes … » 8/30/12 9:41am 8/30/12 9:41am

Spider lives in woman's ear for five days, everyone on the planet…

The notion of spiders clambering into our orifices while we sleep may sound like the purview of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, but for a one "Ms. Lee" who visited China's Changsha Central Hospital yesterday, it was a shudder-worthy reality. » 8/09/12 1:25pm 8/09/12 1:25pm