Spiders

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'Base Jumping' Spider Soars from Rainforest Treetops
The "flattie" spider.
August 18th, 2015
Certain spiders have evolved a novel way of gliding through their rainforest habitat.
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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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Walking Dead: How Wasp Overlords Control Spider Zombies
The larva kills the host spider.
August 5th, 2015
Wasps can do a lot more than ruin a summer picnic.
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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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Dancing Peacock Spider Is a Web Sensation
A male Maratus personatus.
August 5th, 2015
This spider's incredible mating dance will make you swoon.
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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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