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East African Jumping Spider
Credit: Fiona Cross
A jumping spider in East Africa, Evarcha culicivora.
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.
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.
Credit: Paul Selden.
Fossil female golden orb-weaver spider (Nephila jurassica) from the Middle Jurassic of China.
Unlike most spiders, this Central American jumping spider species feeds on leaf-tips, rather than on insects - at least most of the time!
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.
Wasp Spider Mating Game
Credit: Jutta Schneider.
A female and a male wasp spider during a sexual encounter. Males are far smaller than females.
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
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on the fatty rear segment, or gaster, as shown here.
Forever (Neil) Young
Credit: ECU News Services.
This trapdoor spider, Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi, was named in honor of Neil Young.
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.
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.
Credit: Biology Department of the University of California, Riverside.
A black widow spider spinning egg case silk.
Credit: Joaquin Portela
Stegodyphus spiders are social, living in nests of hundreds of spiders..
Wolf Spider Cannibalism
Credit: Shawn M. Wilder
A female wolf spider, Hogna helluo, consuming a male.
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