Newly-Discovered "Sparklemuffin" Peacock Spider Is Here To Party

Well, helllooo! Meet one of the only arachnids that we'd actually call "cute," a newly-identified species of peacock spider dubbed "Sparklemuffin." Another new discovery, "Skeletorus" (which is also pretty cute, with added mod-meets-goth flair), is pictured below. » 2/26/15 1:42pm 2/26/15 1:42pm

Australia Banned A TV Episode Because It Said Spiders Weren't Scary

Some kid's show messages are universal: stranger danger, just say no, don't climb into a tumble dryer, etc. Others are more specific to location. Enter Peppa Pig and the controversial-in-Australia message that "spiders are not to be feared." » 2/10/15 10:02pm 2/10/15 10:02pm

Is There Any Environment On Earth That Spiders Can't Live In?

They can cartwheel their way through the desert, snag themselves a live fish twice their size, and trick prey by carefully constructed giant spider effigies (made out of leaves, dead bugs, and nightmares). Is there anywhere spiders can't thrive? » 12/15/14 4:20pm 12/15/14 4:20pm

Ask An Arachnologist All Your Questions About Spiders!

There are over 45,000 species of spiders. So why are some spiders venomous and some not, and just what do all those different kinds of venom do? Arachnologist and spider-venom expert Greta Binford is here to take all our questions about spiders. » 12/15/14 9:35am 12/15/14 9:35am

That Time Scientists Electrocuted Twins to Learn About Arachnophobia

Spiders are the most feared animals in the world, despite the fact that they are overwhelmingly helpful rather than harmful. Scientists decided to investigate why, by shocking a bunch of twins. » 11/25/14 12:40pm 11/25/14 12:40pm

Holy Crap! It's a Gold Spider! But Why?

Here's a picture that's beautiful and terrifying in equal measure. It's a spider coated in a very fine layer of gold. We'll tell you why people have made this gorgeous monstrosity, and what happens next. » 11/24/14 11:40am 11/24/14 11:40am

Listen to this Jumping Spider Make Noises Like a Motorcycle

Like many animals, jumping spiders participate in mating rituals that involve dancing and singing. But the spider's song is sung using vibrations created by precise, varied leg movements — and it sounds just like a roaring motor. » 11/21/14 9:00pm 11/21/14 9:00pm

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

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

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

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

Do This Spider Hunting Experiment So I Don't Have To

Ever find something that is equal parts cool and horrific? A commenter on this site recently mentioned there was an easy method to finding spiders at night. This method apparently does indeed work, and now I'd like someone to try it. Because I won't. » 9/17/14 8:30am 9/17/14 8:30am

One Bad Piece of Press Made Black Widow Spiders Legendary

Black widows have figured in everything from real life murder plots to James Bond novels. It's understood that they mean certain death. They don't. They just got one spectacularly bad piece of press. » 9/12/14 6:30am 9/12/14 6:30am

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

Spiders Are Adorable And You Know It

Here for spreading far and wide is entomologist-cum-photographer Alex Wild's answer to all those arachnophobic "nopenopenopenopenope" spider memes. Because let's face it, spiders can be pretty adorable (even when you least expect them to be). » 6/21/14 3:00pm 6/21/14 3:00pm

A Biologist Debunks the "Bee Saves Its Friend From a Spider" Video

This video of a bumblebee "helping" a friend out of a spider web has been making the Internet rounds recently. The narrator asks for "experts" to tell us what's happening. And Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex answered the call. » 6/20/14 9:00pm 6/20/14 9:00pm

Fish-Eating Spiders Are Everywhere

Well, this is terrifying. According to new research published today, dozens of spider species from around the world can capture and eat fish as much as twice as big as they are. » 6/19/14 4:23pm 6/19/14 4:23pm

In Spider Society, Female Spiders Are Either Warriors or Nannies

It's a question we've been avoiding for far too long: Can lady spiders really have it all? Well, unless by "have it all" you mean "munch all of the human eyeballs" (a birthright shared by spiders of all genders), then NOPE. In at least one species, female spiders, much like female humans, are expected to choose… » 6/17/14 5:33pm 6/17/14 5:33pm

And Now, Let's All Watch This Spider Do Some Cartwheels

Scientists have identified a new — and exceptionally agile — cartwheeling-spider. Oh, and did we mention that they've also built it a robotic companion? » 5/05/14 10:35am 5/05/14 10:35am