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Scientists have used the latest computer-imaging technology to produce stunning three-dimensional pictures of a 49 million-year-old spider trapped inside an opaque piece of fossilized amber resin.
Climbing is possibly one of the riskiest things an adult tarantula can do.
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.
New research from the University of Cincinnati provides food for thought.
Animals' capacity to adapt is a factor in how they are likely to respond to changing climate conditions.
New research from the University of Cincinnati shows that when male wolf spiders are courting, they can modify their mating signals depending on the environmental surface in order to ensure that their message gets through.
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.
Researchers have found that Australia's deadly redback spider has established itself in New Zealand, which poses a significant risk to humans as it threatens to colonize major cities.
British scientists have incorporated tarantulas into their study of how the human brain responds to fear based on proximity, direction and how scary people expect something to be.
The Singapore Blue (Lampropelma violaceopes) is a large tree-dwelling species of tarantula from Malaysia and Singapore. These spiders have been known to grow in excess of nine inches across. The body is a very colorful blue with brown or gold colored carapace. The male equivalent is normally not as vibrant. The diet is made up primarily of beetles, cockroaches, crickets, pinky mice, birds, and other small animals. During feeding, the abdomen will often increase in size two-fold. Image...
The Western Desert Tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes), known also as the Arizona Blond Tarantula or the Mexican Blond Tarantula, is a species of spider belonging to the family Theraphosidae. It has a limited distribution within the deserts of Arizona and adjacent parts of Mexico but can be very common within this range. The common name “blond tarantula” is in reference to the carapace, which is densely covered in pale hairs and contrasts strongly with the all-dark colored legs and abdomen....
The Texas Brown Tarantula (Aphonopelma hentzi), known also as the Oklahoma Brown Tarantula or the Missouri Tarantula, is one of the most common species of tarantula thriving in the southern-most United States today. Texas Browns can grow to be over four inches in legspan, and weigh more than three ounces as adults. The body is a dark brown color. The shades may vary between individual tarantulas and is more distinct after moult. Female individuals can lay up to 1,000 eggs. The eggs are...
Mexican Golden Red Rump Tarantula (Brachypelma albiceps) is a species of the genus Brachypelma. The carapace is a light golden color with legs and a black abdomen covered with longer red hairs. Females typically live for about fifteen years. The males normally live about five years or up to twelve months after the last molt. This spider is native to the central highlands of Mexico, especially in Guerrero and south of Morelos. In the wild, they construct underground burrows, typically under...
The Honduran Curlyhair (Brachypelma albopilosum) is a species of tarantula that have a native range including Central America, from Honduras to Costa Rica. They are terrestrial and opportunistic burrowing spiders. It is covered in long hairs that have a characteristic curl to them giving it a unique look. This tarantula is a plump-bodied spider covered with dark brown to black colored hair. It has a golden-bronze sheen because of the longer gold hairs that cover the whole body, which are...
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