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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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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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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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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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
spider fang simulation
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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Why Bigger City Spiders Are a Good Thing (Op-Ed)
Golden orb weaving spiders, arachnids
August 24th, 2014
Find yourself thinking that the spider living in your garden is the biggest you’ve ever seen? You could be right.
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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)
Yellow sac spider, mazda, gasoline, gas tank, spider invasion
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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