The Brazilian wandering spider, also called the banana spider, is one of the planet's most venomous spiders.
Winning images from The Nature Conservancy's 2023 Global Photo Contest include a wolf spider in a Maryland park with a hat made of her own babies.
When times get lean, male spiders may cheat more when wooing females by offering them worthless gifts of leftovers or dry leaves, rather than tasty food.
"While it is not uncommon to encounter insects parasitized by 'zombie' fungi in the wild, it is a rarity to witness large spiders succumbing to these fungal conquerors," said evolutionary biologist Roberto García-Roa, who took the photograph.
A spider whose venom can cause a lot of pain, elevated blood pressure and hours-long erections was found among a bunch of bananas in an Austrian supermarket.
Researchers believe that one of the new species may be a relic from an ancient ecosystem in Australia.
From spiders the size of dinner plates, to others with inch-long fangs, these mythically-large arachnids roam the earth.
Spiders in the Uloboridae family wrap their prey in copious amounts of silk and cover them in toxic fluids before starting their feast.
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