Witness The Epic Battle Between A Tarantula And A Spider-Hunting Wasp

While we typically think of spiders as the ones eating insects, spider wasps (members of the family Pompilidae) prey on spiders. This video captures a showdown between a tarantula and one of these spider-hunting wasps. Who will survive? » 9/21/14 2:00pm 9/21/14 2:00pm

Proof That More Metal Music Videos Should Star Dancing Tarantulas

What is the perfect visual companion to the twanging and screaming of sludge metal band The Body's track The Empty Hearth? How about the twitching dances of a few large and hairy spiders? » 9/04/14 9:40am 9/04/14 9:40am

Nine new species of technicolor, tree-climbing tarantulas discovered

Tarantulas can be found all over the world. If you live in North America, there's a good chance that any tarantula you've crossed paths with has been brown, but more vibrant-looking variations do exist. Case in point: Typhochlaena costae, one of the many species of South American tree-climbing tarantulas described in… » 11/01/12 1:49pm 11/01/12 1:49pm

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

Scientific proof that the scariest thing imaginable is a tarantula

Researchers measured how the brain responds to fear, by sticking people inside fMRI machines and pretending to put tarantulas on their feet. » 11/10/10 3:00pm 11/10/10 3:00pm

When Tarantulas Shoot Barbed Hair Into Your Eyes

In 2009, a man from Leeds visited an eye specialist due to lingering sore eyes. The cause? His pet tarantula had shot tiny hairs at him, lodging in his cornea. » 1/07/10 7:00am 1/07/10 7:00am

Humans Are the Monsters in Revamped Horror Posters

While a lot of horror movies pit helpless humans against gigantic animals, it's often animals who fall prey to more powerful humans. An ad campaign from the Center for Migratory Species recasts humans as the monsters in classic movie posters. » 12/15/09 6:30am 12/15/09 6:30am