Spiders Archive
16 January 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Miley Cyrus may have made "twerking" a household word, but male black widow spiders are the real masters of the rump-jiggling dance move. These arachnids twerk their abdomens to avoid getting eaten by potential mates.
14 January 2014, 04:05 PM ET
A tiny, unassuming spider in the Peruvian Amazon uses its entire web as a slingshot to capture slow-moving insects such as mosquitoes.
03 January 2014, 03:17 PM ET
Strange circular towers found in the Amazon jungle were made by spiders to hatch their eggs, new research found. But the spider species that made the towers remains a mystery.
06 November 2013, 11:18 AM ET
Scientists discovered an "odd-clawed" spider that traps its prey using a fascinating ladder-shaped web.
16 October 2013, 01:15 PM ET
The discovery of a fossilized brain in the preserved remains of an extinct "mega-clawed" creature has revealed an ancient nervous system that is remarkably similar to that of modern-day spiders and scorpions, according to a new study.
31 July 2013, 03:46 PM ET
The unobtrusive little arachnid is a wandering spider that catches prey without weaving a web.
05 July 2013, 07:17 AM ET
An electric field may nudge threads of spiderwebs closer to each other to better trap charged bugs such as honeybees, new research suggests.
17 June 2013, 05:20 PM ET
Tough love: After mating, male fishing spiders spontaneously die.
28 May 2013, 07:02 PM ET
Spiders have spatial learning abilities, new research finds.
15 March 2013, 03:19 PM ET
Every continent except Antarctica boasts spiders that eat bats.
11 February 2013, 01:18 AM ET
The spiders in the video are Anelosimus eximius, a type of social spider.
10 January 2013, 04:07 PM ET
The electrical conductivity of the new fibers is on par with copper, gold and aluminum wires.
11 December 2012, 06:30 PM ET
Nefertiti the Spidernaut, spider, iss, international space station
17 October 2012, 02:04 PM ET
Not all spider eyes are created equal.
25 September 2012, 12:17 PM ET
Above average temperatures across the nation led to more insects.
19 September 2012, 07:03 PM ET
It's a tarantula the size of a dinner plate, known to eat birds.
13 September 2012, 05:13 PM ET
Snakes eat birds, which eat spiders. No birds, more spiders.
05 August 2012, 09:24 AM ET
Landing on Mars, building sandcastles and a clickable Internet Map top our choices of cool science this week. See what else we found.
25 July 2012, 08:30 AM ET
What we do know about spiders and other arachnids: They are very diverse.
24 July 2012, 12:01 PM ET
More than 43,000 spider species are known and at least that many remain undiscovered, they say. Catch a glimpse of their incredible diversity.
11 July 2012, 02:20 PM ET
Spiders can support more than 170 times their body weight before becoming unstuck from a wall.
02 July 2012, 10:21 AM ET
The brown widow spider is encroaching on black widow territory, a new study suggests.
12 June 2012, 07:01 PM ET
After ditching their genitals, male spiders get an extra dose of endurance due to their decreased body weight.
11 June 2012, 11:38 AM ET
The arachnid has fangs that are nearly as large as a cheetah's claws.
16 May 2012, 02:23 PM ET
A new study may take away one tarantula's superhero powers.
10 April 2012, 07:01 PM ET
Shedding skin can defend against parasites.
27 January 2012, 10:11 AM ET
The thread, which has not been dyed, is the silk from the golden orb spider.
26 January 2012, 02:01 PM ET
Jumping spiders gauge distances by compared a focused image with a defocused image.
04 January 2012, 11:07 AM ET
22 November 2011, 07:13 PM ET
Orb web spiders deposit anti-ant compounds to ward off thieves
13 November 2011, 07:15 PM ET
Like paying a prostitute with counterfeit bills, male nursery web spiders sometimes pay with worthless gifts that distract the female while they mate.
29 October 2011, 08:07 AM ET
Do you know why it's bad luck for a black cat to cross your path? Read on.
19 September 2011, 10:30 AM ET
Today's GoFigure looks at the fears, anxieties and phobias that affect millions of people.
23 August 2011, 11:00 AM ET
Two ancient types of harvestmen, or daddy longlegs, which skittered around forests more than 300 million years ago, are revealed in new three-dimensional virtual fossil models.
23 August 2011, 09:59 AM ET
Two ancient types of harvestmen, or 'daddy long legs,' which skittered around forests more than 300 million years ago, are revealed in new three-dimensional virtual fossil models.
08 August 2011, 02:21 PM ET
Research indicates that male black widow spiders prefer well-nourished females.