Spiders, which are an order of the group Arachnida, have some amazing talents, from building massive webs to eating bats (yes, some spiders have been found…Read More »
devouring bats). Evarcha culicivora, which lives in the Lake Victoria region of East Africa, is no exception. Though small, spanning just 5 millimeters in body length, the spider has some outsized abilities, using both its superb eyesight and olfactory abilities to find its preferred prey — Anopheles mosquitoes. This jumping spider may be the only known predator to specifically target blood-filled mosquitoes as its prey, said spider biologist Fiona Cross at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Click on for more photos of amazing spiders. Less «
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fossil huntsman spider in amber
Credit: The University of Manchester
This X-ray computed tomography scan shows a fossil Huntsman spider, Eusprassus crassipes, preserved in amber.
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Brown Recluse Spider
Credit: Rick Vetter
Venomous brown recluses exist within a smaller range than many realize, and their existence may be threatened by climate change.
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Credit: Paul Selden.
Fossil female golden orb-weaver spider (Nephila jurassica) from the Middle Jurassic of China.
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Unlike most spiders, this Central American jumping spider species feeds on leaf-tips, rather than on insects - at least most of the time!
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Credit: Ken Jones.
A female redback spider (the large one) has just killed her male suitor after one session of sex, as the male didn't meet her courtship demands.
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Wasp Spider Mating Game
Credit: Jutta Schneider.
A female and a male wasp spider during a sexual encounter. Males are far smaller than females.
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Ant-eating Zodarion Rubidium
Credit: Stano Pekár
A lucky Zodarion rubidium spider gets a massive ant meal. This spider slurps out the tissue of the protein-rich front parts of an ant first before chowing…Read More »
on the fatty rear segment, or gaster, as shown here. Less «
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Forever (Neil) Young
Credit: ECU News Services.
This trapdoor spider, Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi, was named in honor of Neil Young.
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Money Spider Ready to Launch
Credit: Andy Reynolds
A money spider (Linyphiidae family) stands on a grass-seed head in pre-ballooning posture, ready to take off.
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Credit: M. Kuntner.
Golden orb-weaving spiders are known for their giant body size and enormous webs. The spider Nephila inaurata can spin a web exceeding 3 feet (1 meter) in diameter, as shown here.
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Credit: Biology Department of the University of California, Riverside.
A black widow spider spinning egg case silk.
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Credit: Joaquin Portela
Stegodyphus spiders are social, living in nests of hundreds of spiders..
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Wolf Spider Cannibalism
Credit: Shawn M. Wilder
A female wolf spider, Hogna helluo, consuming a male.