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Decorative white silk crosses are an ingenious tactic used by orb-weaving spiders to protect their webs from damage, a new study from the University of Melbourne has revealed.
The very idea of spiders in space brings to mind campy, black and white horror films involving eight-legged monsters.
A fossilized spider, uncovered in inner Mongolia, is thought to be the largest ever spider fossil discovered.
Studying spider silk, NSF-supported researchers learn about the properties of this sticky material, and their findings could lead to new bio-adhesives and glues that work under water.
Scientists have confirmed that spider webs discovered in Britain are the oldest on record, dating back 140 million years to the Cretaceous period.
Researchers from the United States and Slovenia have discovered a new, giant Nephila species (golden orb weaver spider) from Africa and Madagascar and have published their findings in the Oct 21 issue of the journal PLoS ONE.
Aboard the International Space Station, spiders are living as an educational project and they seem to have gotten the hang of weightlessness.
A sneaky spider has been named in honor of rock musician Neil Young. Jason Bond, a biologist at East Carolina University, named a newly discovered arachnid, Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi. It is also known as a trapdoor spider.
A German team of engineers reported developing a device that borrows silk-spinning techniques from spiders to create strong strands with potential uses for lightweight medical equipment materials.
Engineers have identified two key physical processes that lend spider silk its unrivaled strength and durability, bringing closer to reality the long-sought goal of spinning artificial spider silk.
The Golden Silk Spider (Nephila clavipes) is a species of orbweaver spider. It is found in the warmer regions of the Americas. In the United States, this species ranges throughout the coastal southeast and inland, from North Carolina to Texas. In many areas its distribution is somewhat localized and may be absent in many areas over wide areas. In some arboreal or swampy areas, adults and their webs can be found in large concentrations, especially near the coast. This species is also...
The Joro Spider (Nephila clavata) is a species of arachnid that is a member of the golden orb-web spider group. It is found in Japan (except HokkaidÅ), Korea, Taiwan and China. The web of the female can reach up to 39 inches in width. The yellow threads appear rich gold in sunlight. The web has three layers: the central orb, plus two irregular layers in front of and behind the orb. The adult female is about 1 inch. The male is much smaller and is no bigger than 0.4 inches. The female...
The Autumn Spider (Metellina segmentata) is a species of spider that has a Palearctic distribution and has been introduced to Canada. Adults are normally found from August to October. The preferred habitat is open wood edges or gardens. This is one of the most common orb-weaving spiders. The web of this spider has no threads at its center. Most webs are built low above the ground. The spider sits at the center during the day for long periods of time. Sometimes it will hide at the edge and...
- Large; stout; burly.
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