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Synthetic Spider Protein Future Of Anti Venoms
2013-05-10 08:51:22

Scientists say they have engineered a spider protein that could be the start of a new generation of anti-venom vaccines, with the potential to save thousands of lives worldwide.

Male Black Widows Cannibalize Older Females
2013-05-07 05:18:27

The idea that the female of a species would, after completing coitus, approach, kill and eat her mate is a sentiment that instills, if not fear, unease in many the male reader. This scenario, in fact, is exactly how the Black Widow spider got its name.

Fascinating Examples Of Genetic Engineering
2013-04-29 09:27:47

Both bizarre and beneficial, the following article highlights some truly fascinating and pragmatic examples of modern genetic engineering.

Butterfly Evolution Can Also Be Driven By Spiders
2013-03-13 05:09:24

Butterflies are vibrant and colorful insects, with colorations designed to deflect predators. A new study from the University of Florida reveals that some of these predator driven defenses may be caused by enemies one-tenth the size of the butterfly.

A Real Spider-Man Could Stop A Moving Train, Study Shows
2013-02-25 19:50:12

Movies and comic books are primarily based on fantasy, but a new study shows how one particular concept involving Spider-Man might be more feasible than most superpowers.

Bio-Inspired Materials Leading To Greater Engineering
2013-02-16 10:56:29

Bio-inspired, man-made materials may one day offer up designs that are more lightweight, tougher, and stronger than other options out there.

2013-02-07 09:58:02

Researcher and team are the first to measure all of the elastic properties of an intact spider's web, drawing a remarkable picture of the behavior of one of nature’s most intriguing structures.

Predator Wasps Disguise As Ants To Hunt And Capture Prey
2013-02-04 12:36:11

Two wasp species, Calymmochilus dispar and Gelis apterus, have been recorded as parasitoids on ant-eating spiders in a study published in the open access journal ZooKeys.

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.


Latest Spider Reference Libraries

Singapore Blue, Lampropelma violaceopes
2014-09-22 17:06:17

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...

Western Desert Tarantula, Aphonopelma chalcodes
2014-09-22 16:18:33

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....

Texas Brown Tarantula, Aphonopelma hentzi
2014-09-22 16:02:39

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
2014-09-21 10:05:15

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...

Honduran Curlyhair, Brachypelma albopilosum
2014-09-21 09:46:39

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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  • Emitting flashes of light; glittering.
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