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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Which is the World's Deadliest Spider, Really?
spiders, arachnids, arachnophobia, toxicity, deadliest spider
November 10th, 2014
Every few months, almost like clockwork, a media hype about these arachnids surfaces in the press. But we rarely find a balanced story about deadly spiders. Just how toxic are they, really?
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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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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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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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