Spiders

Find out everything there is to know about spiders and stay updated on the latest spider news with the comprehensive articles, interactive features and spider pictures at LiveScience.com. Learn more about these fascinating arthropod as scientists continue to make amazing discoveries about spiders.
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Common New England Spider May Be Venomous
A close up of the broad-faced sac spider.
October 30th, 2014
Wandering around the windowsills and kitchen floors of New England is a common spider with a surprisingly nasty bite.
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Creepy: Peering into Spiders' Brains Without Exploding Them
Jumping spider
October 24th, 2014
Researchers have developed a new technique that helps them peer into the brain of a jumping spider, an arachnid famed for its excellent vision, and record how the brain cells in its visual system process images.
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Goliath Birdeater: Images of a Colossal Spider
goliath birdeater spider
October 17th, 2014
Imagine a spider as big as a child's forearm that weighs as much as a puppy. That's how huge the South American Goliath birdeater — arguably the world's largest spider — can be.
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5 Spooky Spider Myths Busted
Brown Recluse Spider
October 28th, 2014
Sure, they look creepy, but spiders aren't as spooky as you might think.
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8-Legged Beasts: Incredible Spider Photos from Live Science Readers
Elvis jumping spider
October 21st, 2014
Spiders — whether you abhor them or adore them, you certainly can't ignore them. We asked our readers to send us their coolest arachnid photos, and they happily obliged.
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Did 'Deadly' Spider Eggs Really Hitch a Ride on Imported Bananas?
A Brazilian wandering spider.
September 10th, 2014
Claims that a woman in England found deadly spider eggs on her bananas might be bogus.
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City Spiders Are Bigger, More Fertile Than Country Cousins
Humped golden orb-weaving spider.
August 20th, 2014
Perhaps even creepier than spiders are city spiders. New research has found the humped golden orb-weaving spider grows larger and produces more eight-legged babies in urban areas.
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In Photos: Creepy-Crawly Experiment Reveals Spider's Brain
jumping spider takes bait
October 24th, 2014
The vision of jumping spiders is almost equal to the sight of humans. Researchers, however, didn't know how to study the arachnids' visual system for one simple reason: every time they tried to look at the spiders' brains, the animals would explode.
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Goliath Encounter: Puppy-Sized Spider Surprises Scientist in Rainforest
goliath birdeater spider
October 17th, 2014
Entomologist Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in the rainforest in Guyana, when he came across a "Goliath birdeater," possibly the world's largest spider.
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Spider Personalities Shine Among Friends
The social desert spider, Stegodyphus dumicola
August 26th, 2014
Yes, spiders can have personalities. And new research finds that these personalities assert themselves when spiders find their niches in social groups. The study suggests an evolutionary reason for the development of personality.
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