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Spiders Can Protect Plants From Insects
Spiders can protect plants from leaf-eating insects in exchange for dollops of sugary nectar. (1999-05-12)
Spiders partial to a side order of pollen with their flies
Spiders may not be the pure predators we generally believe, after a study found that some make up a quarter of their diet by eating pollen. (2013-12-18)
Scientists crack the spiders' web code
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, Australia, has revealed. (2011-05-31)
When enemies come to help
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Now researchers at the University of Zurich show that this principle also holds for crab spiders and flowering plants. (2018-04-10)
What are 3-D spider webs for?
In an article published in the January 2003 issue of Ecology Letters, researchers led by a team at Cornell University report that three-dimensional spider webs are associated with a dramatic decrease in predation by mud-dauber wasps, major worldwide predators of spiders. (2003-01-02)
Pest control breakthrough - from a spider's stomach
DNA found in a spider's stomach could herald a breakthrough in the fight against farm pests, which cause millions of dollars of damage to crops. (2003-12-12)
Whip spiders only look terrifying, UCLA biologist reports
UCLA biologist Kenneth Chapin spent several weeks in dark caves in Puerto Rico inhabited by an estimated 300,000 bats -- many of which whizzed right by him -- as well as snakes, cockroaches and spiders. (2016-03-15)
2 miniature spider species discovered in giant panda sanctuaries of China
Two tiny, bizarre shaped spider species have been discovered in the Sichuan province and Chongqing city of China. (2013-05-22)
More than bugs: Spiders also like to eat vegetarian
Spiders are known to be the classic example of insectivorous predators. (2016-03-14)
World's most venomous spiders are actually cousins
Two lineages of dangerous arachnids found in Australia--long classified as distantly related in the official taxonomy--are, in fact, relatively close evolutionary cousins. (2018-02-15)
An end to arachnophobia 'just a heartbeat away'
Researchers have discovered that exposing people with phobias to their fear -- for examples, spiders for those who have arachnophobia -- at the exact time their heart beats, led to the phobia reducing in severity. (2018-10-30)
What's hiding behind the trapdoor?
A Griffith University researcher has discovered several new species of trapdoor spider -- and you'd never guess where. (2016-08-30)
Virtual opponents reveal fighting strategies of male jumping spiders
Jumping spiders are known for their excellent vision. This attribute may enable them to visually size up a potential opponent and decide whether to step away from a possible fight even before it starts. (2016-04-21)
Caught in a trap: bumblebees vs. robotic crab spiders
Bumblebees learn to avoid camouflaged predators by sacrificing foraging speed for predator detection, according to scientists from Queen Mary, University of London. (2008-09-04)
New species of spiders discovered by UBC scientist in Papua New Guinea
A University of British Columbia researcher has discovered dozens of species of jumping spiders that are new to science, giving scientists a peek into a section of the evolutionary tree previously thought to be sparse. (2009-03-25)
Mysterious purse-web spiders rediscovered and photographed in South Africa
A team of researchers discovered poorly known purse-web spiders in Africa. (2011-05-17)
Lurking in the darkness of Chinese caves 5 new species of armored spiders come to light
Armored spiders are medium to small species that derive their name from the complex pattern of the plates covering their abdomen strongly resembling body armor. (2014-03-14)
Temperature helps drive the emergence of different personalities in spiders
Not a single aggressive spider was able to reproduce at 93 degrees Fahrenheit and most of them died at that temperature. (2016-07-21)
Fish-eating spiders discovered around the world
Spiders from five different families prey on small fish in the wild. (2014-06-18)
Moving in for the winter toxic brown recluse spiders pose danger
As the cold weather creeps in, so do brown recluse spiders. (2008-12-15)
Spiders eat 400-800 million tons of prey every year
It has long been suspected that spiders are one of the most important groups of predators of insects. (2017-03-14)
Web weaving skills provide clues to aging
Young house spiders weave webs with perfect angles and regular patterns, but as they reach old age their webs deteriorate, showing gaping holes and erratic weaving. (2011-07-01)
New study provides key to identifying spiders in international cargo
Spiders found in international cargo brought into North America are sometimes misidentified, which can lead to costly and unwarranted eradication measures. (2014-10-01)
Giant Antarctic sea spiders weather warming by getting holey
Scientists have wondered for decades why marine animals that live in the polar oceans and the deep sea can reach giant sizes there, but nowhere else. (2019-04-10)
New research shows how male spiders use eavesdropping to one-up their rivals
Just published this month, new research shows how spiders eavesdrop on other males and copy their courtship signals as a likely means of stealing their mate. (2012-01-04)
Just right: A spider's tale
A new study from the University of Missouri shows that southern house spiders are making size-related choices about holes and cavities in which to build their nests. (2015-03-25)
Jumping spiders are masters of miniature color vision
Jumping spiders were already known to see in remarkably high resolution, especially considering that their bodies are less than a centimeter long. (2015-05-18)
Jumping spiders can hear sound without eardrums
There really is a 'spider sense.' With help from Binghamton University's Ron Miles, researchers found that despite not having ears -- or ear drums -- jumping spiders can perceive airborne sound. (2016-10-31)
Scientists discover heterospecific mating in spiders
Researchers from Slovenia and South Africa have discovered heterospecific mating in Nephila spiders, and have published their findings on Nov. (2016-11-16)
Amber reveals ecology of 30 million year old spiders
Scientists at The University of Manchester and the Manchester Metropolitan University have carried out the first comparative scientific study of ancient spiders trapped in amber more than 30 millions years ago. (2006-03-01)
A whole new meaning for thinking on your feet
Smithsonian researchers report that the brains of tiny spiders may fill their body cavities and overflow into their legs. (2011-12-12)
Fish-eating spiders discovered in all parts of the world
Spiders are traditionally viewed as predators of insects. Zoologists from Switzerland and Australia have now published a study that shows: spiders all over the world also prey on fish. (2014-06-18)
Spiders who eat together, stay together: UBC research
The ability to work together and capture larger prey has allowed social spiders to stretch the laws of nature and reach enormous colony sizes, UBC zoologists have found. (2008-08-05)
Spiders target sexy signals from 'vibrating' insects
Insects using vibration to attract a mate are at risk of being eaten alive by killer spiders, Cardiff University scientists have discovered. (2011-03-29)
Survival instinct, not family bonds, weave massive spider colonies together
Spiders will live in groups if environmental conditions make it too difficult for single mothers to go it alone, new research shows. (2017-03-07)
2 new enigmatic spider species with peculiar living habits from Uruguay
Scientists describe two new spider species from the Nemesiidae family. (2013-10-03)
First 'mainly vegetarian' spider described
The 40,000 or so spiders that have been described are generally known as strict predators, trapping their prey in elaborate webs or hunting them down directly. (2009-10-12)
Walking like ants gives spiders a chance
To avoid being eaten, some jumping spiders pretend to be ants. (2017-07-14)
Spiders eat astronomical numbers of insects
A new study reveals some stunning estimates about how much the world's spiders eat annually: between 400 and 800 million tons of insects and other invertebrates. (2017-03-14)
These trap-jaw spiders strike their prey with lightning speed
Mecysmaucheniidae spiders, which live only in New Zealand and southern South America, don't look like much. (2016-04-07)
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