How Does A Spider Decide Where To Build Its Web?

Spider webs are a masterpiece of structural engineering. Whether you're looking at the strength, the architectural organization, or even the make-up of the webbing itself, it's hard not to be impressed by the construction abilities of spiders. But how do they decide where to build? » 10/07/14 4:20pm 10/07/14 4:20pm

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

Spider webs are literally attracted to some insects

Spider webs are well known to be excellent insect — and sometimes bird — catchers due to their mechanical strength, stickiness and numerous other properties. But research now shows that the webs of some spiders have an additional, hidden ability: Essentially, they can reach out and grab free-falling insects that have… » 7/04/13 3:00pm 7/04/13 3:00pm

These colorful sculptures are actually painted spider webs

Artist Michael Anthony Simon employs some unusual helpers in creating his gauzy, brightly-hued sculptures: spiders. To create these unique pieces, Simon invites industrious arachnids into his studio and sets them to doing that thing they do best. » 1/05/13 3:00pm 1/05/13 3:00pm

Massive spiderwebs engulf Australian town as arachnids escape floods

You may have seen this strange tableau in Pakistan a wee while back, but it never ceases to be absolutely amazing. In the town of Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, Australia, rising floodwaters have forced uncountable spiders to seek shelter on higher ground. Sprawling spiderwebs have overtaken bushes, shrubs, fields,… » 3/06/12 4:35pm 3/06/12 4:35pm

Ornamented Spider Webs Are Better At Luring Prey

While we humans are sprucing up our homes for the holidays, one type of spider is adding decorative flourishes to its web to lure prey more effectively. Does that mean insects are affected by artistic sensibilities? » 12/25/09 10:00am 12/25/09 10:00am