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Harnessing Spider Silk For Use In Biosensors, Lasers And Microchips
2012-10-11 11:55:27

Researchers at Frontiers in Optics 2012 describe ways to use natural silk for implantable optics, compostable lasers, and microfibers integrated into photonic chips

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

Predator And Prey: Tiny Wasp Hunts Venomous Redback Spider
2012-09-12 05:48:04

Even Australia's most common dangerous spider is no match for a nearly forgotten 200 year old flying insect, according to recent findings.

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2012-09-05 20:07:28

A new study suggests that expressing your feelings and fears in times of anxiety and stress may actually help you through these times and confront your fears.

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 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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