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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Creep Show: 410-Million-Year-Old Spider Walks Again
arachnid recreation using blender
July 9th, 2014
The gait of a 410-million-year-old precursor to spiders has been recreated based on fossilized specimens.
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Why Spider Fangs Are Nature's Perfect Needles
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May 27th, 2014
A spider's fangs are natural injection needles, making them perfectly suited for piercing the skeletons of their prey and delivering a kiss of venom.
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Social Web: Female Spiders Adopt 'Warrior' or 'Nanny' Roles
Social spider species
June 16th, 2014
Female spiders that live socially in colonies may adopt "warrior" or "nanny" roles, similar to how insects can form soldier and worker castes, researchers say. These findings could shed light on how differences in personalities can help divide up labor.
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Jiggy Mazda and the Spiders from Cars (Op-Ed)
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May 1st, 2014
Recently, the car manufacturer Mazda recalled 40,000 cars because of a “spider invasion.” This is not the first time it has happened with Mazda cars. In 2011, a similar reason was given for recalling 52,000 cars.
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8-Legged Nightmares? The World's 3 Deadliest Spiders
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April 1st, 2014
Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of more people than spiders. The eight-legged beasts boast a menacing appearance, and some of them pack a deadly, poisonous bite.
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Crazy! Spider Launches Slingshot Web to Snag Prey (Video)
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January 14th, 2014
A tiny, unassuming spider in the Peruvian Amazon uses its entire web as a slingshot to capture slow-moving insects such as mosquitoes.
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Spiders Pose as Bird Poop to Evade Predators
orb-web spider
May 29th, 2014
Many animals camouflage themselves to avoid being eaten by predators, but few are as strange as a spider that disguises itself as bird poop.
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Food vs. Sex: Why Some Female Spiders Eat Males Before Mating
April 23rd, 2014
Certain female spiders are infamous for eating their partners after sex, but some actually pounce on suitors, fangs first, before mating ever occurs.
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Female Spiders Judge Mates by Their Gift Wrap
February 3rd, 2014
For some spider suitors, the arachnid equivalent of a box of chocolates is an insect wrapped in silk. New research shows it's not just the gift but also the color of the wrapping that can seal the deal among one species.
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