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

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

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

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