Spiders

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Black Widows Wreck Mates' Webs, Get Away With It
A male spider destroying a female's web.
July 17th, 2015
Black widow males destroy large sections of their mates' webs in order to ward off potential rivals.
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Spiders, Ahoy! 8-Legged Critters Can 'Sail' Over Water
Tetragnathid spider anchoring
July 6th, 2015
Spiders can dance on water like tiny ballerinas pirouetting across a slippery stage.
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Black Widows' Bad Rap: 4 Misconceptions About the Spider
A black spider crawls across a hand.
May 29th, 2015
One woman's snack break turned sour this week when she reached into a bag of grapes and felt the bite of a venomous black widow spider. But black widows aren't as horrifying as you might think.
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It's Raining Spiders! Weirdest Effects of California Drought
Drought
July 14th, 2015
The California drought has led to some weird side effects, from a deluge of spiders and snakes to pipes being eaten by poop.
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In Images: Spiders 'Sail' and 'Dance' on Water
Tetragnathid spider sailing
July 6th, 2015
You probably already knew that spiders are extraordinary creatures when they're on land. But a new study finds that these critters are also quite remarkable when they're on the water.
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'Purring' Wolf Spiders Softly Serenade Mates
Male wolf spider
May 28th, 2015
Male wolf spiders use "purring" vibrations to serenade their sweethearts, but this wooing only works if the females can feel these vibrations, new research finds.
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A Few of the Amazing Spiders I've Met (Photos)
Cameroon Red Tarantula
April 10th, 2015
If spiders make your hair crawl, what do you think about hairy spiders?
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Spidey Senses Tingling! Arachnids Feel Sex
A Tasmanian cave spider (<em>Hickmania troglodytes</em>)
July 7th, 2015
Spider sex just got a little more interesting. Researchers now find that the spider equivalent of the penis isn't numb like once believed; it's filled with nerves that might help the spider ensure fertilization.
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Camel Spider's Fierce Jaw Is Focus of New Creepy Crawly 'Dictionary'
Galeodes arachnid close up.
June 29th, 2015
Some of the most ferocious jaws in the animal kingdom belong to a creature that's rather small and quite misunderstood.
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Cloudy with a Chance of Arachnids? 'Spider Rain' Explained
Spider suspended against a blue sky.
May 15th, 2015
Millions of tiny spiders recently fell from the sky in Australia, alarming residents whose properties were covered with the creepy critters and mounds of their silky threads.
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