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2008-10-23 08:10:00

Spanish researchers said Friday that female spiders who consume their male suitors produce stronger, larger and more numerous offspring than spiders with more mundane diets.  The scientists also found that the merciless mother spiders preferred waiting until mating was complete before consuming their suitors, ensuring they would hatch their spiderlings. The work was the first "natural" study to validate the legend about spiders exhibiting such behavior, and shows why it may be...

2007-08-17 15:02:20

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. - An orange tarantula with venomous fangs was rescued Friday after its owner said he could no longer care for it. "This is the kind of spider that nightmares are made of," said Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He said the spider is aggressive and can jump 3 feet and bite with its large fangs. The bites are dangerous to humans. The spider, known as an ornate golden baboon, has a fat body 5 inches long that is covered...

2007-01-03 15:00:26

If you're willing to spend a little bit more for gaming-input precision, then the Tarantula keyboard should be your pick. It has a sleek, smart design and key layout and grasps your desktop surface firmly. Its keys are super-responsive and infinitely customizable. Built-in memory means you can take your custom profiles with you. It's a little more expensive than other keyboards geared toward gamers, but its quality, customization options and responsiveness are definitely worth it. To check...


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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...

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2014-06-19 08:25:14

Sparassidae is a family that holds over one thousand species of huntsman spiders, also known as giant crab spiders and wood spiders, or as rain spiders or lizard-eating spiders in some areas of its range. These species are native to Australia but were also introduced to temperate areas throughout the world including China, Japan, and some areas of the United States, including Florida and Hawaii. They inhabit warmer areas and can often be seen entering human habitations and other shelters...

Mediterranean Black Widow, Latrodectus tredecimguttatus
2013-10-09 12:38:45

The Mediterranean Black Widow (Latrodectus tredecimguttatus), known also as the Steppe Spider, is a species of widow spiders within the genus Latrodectus. It is commonly found throughout the Mediterranean region, ranging from Portugal to southwest and central Asia. Specimens from central Asia are also known by the binomial name Latrodectus lugubris; that name, however, is considered out of date, though it is still commonly found in the literature. Many consider this spider a Latrodectus...

Mexican Fireleg, Brachypelma boehmei
2013-09-09 10:14:11

The Mexican Fireleg (Brachypelma beohmei), known also as the Mexican Rustleg Tarantula, is a tarantula that is native to Mexico in Guerrero state. These spiders prefer semi-humid climates and are obligate terrestrial burrowers. As with all closely related tarantula species, they defend themselves with their urticating hairs when they are provoked. They’re not the easiest species to keep in captivity and should only be considered as a pet once comfortable with keeping other species....

Avicularia metallica
2013-08-26 13:39:49

Avicularia metallica is a fairly tame species of tarantulas. This spider is considered by some to be a public species. Cannibalism, while still a concern when they are kept communally, is much less of a problem compared to other Teraphosidae. This species, known commonly as the Metallic Pinktoe is a tarantula with a diagonal leg span of about 5.1 to 5.9 inches. The Metallic Pinktoe is notable for its iridescent sheen, green to dark blue prosoma, and the white tipped hairs on the...

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Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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