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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8-Legged Beasts: Incredible Spider Photos from Live Science Readers
Elvis jumping spider
October 21st, 2014
Spiders — whether you abhor them or adore them, you certainly can't ignore them. We asked our readers to send us their coolest arachnid photos, and they happily obliged.
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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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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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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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Goliath Birdeater: Images of a Colossal Spider
goliath birdeater spider
October 17th, 2014
Imagine a spider as big as a child's forearm that weighs as much as a puppy. That's how huge the South American Goliath birdeater — arguably the world's largest spider — can be.
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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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