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Understanding The Mysteries Of Spider Silk
2013-01-28 19:02:43

Scientists are unraveling the mysteries of what makes the fiber that spiders spin five times as strong as piano wire.

Black Widow Stowaways Make It To England
2013-01-15 10:00:58

In recent months, an increasing number of black widow spider stowaways have been found in shipments of tires from Arizona to England.

Cyclosa Spider Hunts With Decoys
2012-12-20 20:08:07

While salt licks may be one intelligent ploy by man to attract deer for hunting, its got nothing on the method used by one Amazonian arachnid.

8 Legs And A Baby
2012-10-13 05:32:33

New research conducted by Gustavo Santos Requena and his colleagues at the University of Sao Paolo shows the costs and benefits of exclusive paternal care, the rarest form of parental investment in nature, in the harvestman spider Iporangaia pustulosa.

2012-10-13 04:00:37

MyCleaningProducts recommended to the public the use of its non-toxic spider spray when clearing the arachnids in the houses.

Amber Catches 100 Million-year-old Spider Attack
2012-10-09 04:32:07

Researchers at Oregon State University have found an extraordinarily rare fossil – a 100 million year old snapshot of an engagement frozen in time.

Spider Glue Used For Two Types Of Webs
2012-10-03 10:56:13

Researchers from the University of Akron have discovered that the common house spider performs an uncommon feat in order to catch different types of prey more efficiently: It crafts one glue into two different adhesive strengths, firm and weak.

Orb Weaver Spider Builds Intricate UV-Decorated Webs To Attract Insects
2012-09-20 10:29:19

The ultraviolet decorations and intricate patterns of the orb-weaver spider’s web is used to attract food for the common orb-weaver spider.

Snakes Eat Birds Which Equals More Spiders For Guam
2012-09-13 13:25:39

Ecologists look for effects of bird loss caused by invasive brown treesnake on Guam

Watch Out For The Bigfoot Spider!
2012-08-20 10:41:06

Just when you thought it was safe to go stomping ‘round in the caves of Oregon, a new family of spider has been discovered, complete with frighteningly large legs and a terrifying name to boot.


Latest Arachnids Reference Libraries

Funnel Weavers, Agelenidae
2014-06-19 13:16:37

Agelenidae is a family that holds about 1,200 recognized species of funnel weaver spiders that occur throughout the world. These spiders build funnel shaped webs that trap prey in their complicated patterns, but they should not be confused with other families of spiders that build funnel webs like funnel-web spiders or funnel-web tarantulas. Funnel weavers can reach an average body length between .1 inches in the smallest species and .7 inches, although the largest species can reach total...

Cellar Spider, Pholcus phalangioides
2014-04-07 13:05:31

The Cellar Spider (Pholcus phalangioides), known also as the Skull Spider because of its cephalothorax resembling a human skull, is a spider belonging to the family Pholcidae. The females have a body length of about 9 millimeters; the males are slightly smaller. The legs are about 5 to 6 times the length of the body. Its habit of living on the ceilings of room, garages, caves, or cellars gives rise to one of its common names. They are thought to be beneficial in some parts of the world...

Tailed Daddy Longlegs Spider, Crossopriza lyoni
2014-04-07 12:30:20

Crossopriza lyoni is a widespread species of cellar spiders that prefer to live in or around human structures. They are commonly known as Tailed Cellar Spiders, Tailed Daddy Longlegs Spiders, and occasionally Box Spiders. They all possess exceptionally long and fragile legs that can reach up to 2.4 inches long and a body length of that ranges from .098 to .28 inches. Their abdomens are distinctly square shaped when they are viewed from the side and their carapace is more or less circular...

Kauai Cave Wolf Spider
2014-04-01 13:14:31

Scientific name: Adelocosa anops Common Names: Kauai Cave Wolf Spider, Big-Eyed Wolf Spider Status: Listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List in 1996 Geography: United States, Hawaii Conservation Information: This particular species is only known to occur in a few caves in a lava flow within an area consisting of 4.1 square miles in the Koloa-Poipu region of Kauai, Hawaii. Only six populations are known to exist as of April 1, 2014. Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Arachnida...

Spruce Fir Moss Spider, Microhexura montivaga
2013-08-26 12:08:18

The Spruce Fir Moss Spider (Microhexura montivaga) is an endangered species of spider that can be found at high elevations in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Initially identified in 1923, they inhabit moss that grows on rocks under the forest canopy. It is one of the smallest mygalomorph spiders, with the adults only measuring 3 to 4 millimeters. The coloration varies from light brown to yellow-brown to a darker reddish brown color, with no markings on its abdomen. Their chelicerae...

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