Ancient, Predatory "Lobster" is an Ancestor to All Modern Arthropods

More than 250 million years before the first dinosaur, the most fearsome killers on Earth may have been lobsters. Yawunik kootenayi, a common ancestor to spiders, shrimp and butterflies, was a predatory "lobster-like" creature that ruled the seas half a billion years ago. » 3/28/15 1:45pm Saturday 1:45pm

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

Did Coconut Crabs Really Hide Amelia Earhart's Remains?

If you read about coconut crabs, you might come across this alleged factoid: the massive arthropods may have stolen the remains of Amelia Earhart and hidden them in their burrows. But where does this claim come from? And could coconut crabs really have hidden human bones? » 5/05/14 11:20am 5/05/14 11:20am

These pretty little bubbles are actually bug sperm

Springtails have evolved a rather strange way of mating. The males of these tiny soil-dwelling arthropods never actually get to meet their partners — instead, they deposit drops of sperm on sticks for discriminating females. » 1/21/14 11:30am 1/21/14 11:30am

Weekend Nightmare Fuel: The Biggest Crawling Animals on Earth

There's just something shiver-inducing about crawling animals like insects, arachnids and centipedes. And the bigger they are, the creepier they get. So, just to start your weekend off right, here are some of the world's biggest creepy crawlies. » 6/28/13 5:00pm 6/28/13 5:00pm

And now, an improbably cute photo of baby scorpions

What's not to love about this photo? In one fell swoop it inverts the reputation of a much-feared invertebrate. For the defenseless newborns sitting under the vicious sting are the scorpion's own offspring, tended by their mother until they are big enough to survive on their own. » 10/16/12 9:05am 10/16/12 9:05am

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

This time-lapse video of a tarantula molting will give you spontaneous…

If you're an arthropod, molting your exoskeleton is one of those uncomfortable realities of life. (Hello, spider crab!) Just ask this Burgundy Goliath Birdeater tarantula (Theraphosa stirmi), who can rock up to an 11-inch legspan. Even this critter must discard his exoskeleton every so often — here's some footage of… » 9/12/12 2:35pm 9/12/12 2:35pm

Under an electron microscope, spider skin is cooler than you might have…

Up close, spiders look like scary alien creatures ready to devour any mammals who dare cross their mandibles. Up extremely close, however, a spider's skin is richly textured, with spiky hairs that resemble industrial towers rising from the landscape. » 9/08/12 9:30am 9/08/12 9:30am

These 230-million-year-old bugs preserved in amber are the oldest yet

An international team of scientists working in Italy have found the oldest samples of arthropods preserved in amber — a finding that is 100 million years older than previous fossilized samples. The insects, a fly and two mites, are the first ever to be discovered from the Triassic era. The group's findings will help… » 8/28/12 7:00am 8/28/12 7:00am

Meet the deepest land animal ever found

This pale little fellow is the newly discovered Plutomurus ortobalaganensis, a springtail found almost 2,000 meters underground and the title holder of "deepest terrestrial arthropod ever found." This creature along with Anurida stereoodorata, Deuteraphorura kruberaensis, and Schaefferia profundissima are four new… » 2/24/12 9:20am 2/24/12 9:20am

An ant and a spider duke it out in a gruesome eensy-weensy gladiator…

What would insects and arachnids look like if you were the size of a pea? These videos by Ahmet Özkan offer a Lilliputian's eye view into the horribly brutal world of arthropod death matches. And this battle has a surprise ending! » 5/03/11 2:00pm 5/03/11 2:00pm

Could A Starship Troopers Arachnid Attack Happen to You?

If yesterday's release of Starship Troopers: Marauder » 8/06/08 3:00pm 8/06/08 3:00pm has you constantly scratching your back or hearing imaginary grasshopper sounds, you might not want to read any further. Then again, perhaps the best way to allay your fears is to confront them — and learn everything you can about the gargantuan cockroaches,…