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Arthropods now possibly able to employ Archimedes Death Ray

So-called 'mirror spiders' can "manipulate the mirrors in situations where they might feel threatened."
posted by Drosera on Sep 23, 2016 - 26 comments

Slurping Up The Goodness

How Spiders Eat. Infinite Spider Blog is a science and nature blog aimed at nature lovers, naturalists, and outdoor educators.
posted by sfenders on Aug 12, 2016 - 10 comments

Teach The Controversy

The Verge Review of Animals: Spiders

This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we’ve written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on May 29, 2016 - 73 comments

Brian the spider

Say hello to the newly discovered Australian spider named Brian*, that can - obviously - surf, swim and eat toads up to three times its size. But it's not harmful to humans (unlike these fellas). Plus the recent warm weather down under has been a bit of a boom to our eight legged friends there. Warning: Spiders. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Mar 10, 2016 - 35 comments

Sampling involves “at least 5 solid whacks” above a net

Adventures of a pine cone spider collector
posted by bismol on Jan 28, 2016 - 8 comments

Be afraid! Spider Sith Lords!

Peacock Spiders with light sabers! [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Nov 6, 2015 - 14 comments

The most efficient way to move around in the forest canopy

'Base Jumping' Spider Soars from Rainforest Treetops "They immediately right themselves, which means they turn dorsal side up [back facing the sky], and they essentially sail over towards the tree trunk — kind of like a Frisbee that's not spinning," Yanoviak said. The spider glides down headfirst for about 16 to 26 feet (5 to 8 meters), before hitting the trunk of the same tree from which it just leaped, he added.
posted by Michele in California on Aug 20, 2015 - 13 comments

//¯` °oOOo° ´¯\\ .......................................................

“The point that she opens the egg sac is the point that she stops feeding,” says Mor Salomon, a biologist at the Israel Cohen Institute for Biological Control. “We have tried giving them food in the lab, but it just doesn’t work—they just don’t feed.” -- Absurd Creature of the Week: The Spider Mother That Barfs Up Her Guts to Feed Her Kids, by Matt Simon for Wired.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on May 8, 2015 - 20 comments

A Spider Nation

In 2010 administrators at the Black River Wastewater Treatment facility in Baltimore, Maryland sought help for a massive 4-acre spider colony that had been established in the building. This .pdf of the resulting report describes, with pictures, the immense collection of spiders. With over 35,000 spiders per cubic meter, and web silk that (when swept aside) coiled to the size of a "fire hose", the massive web is a sight to behold. In the news previously, a massive group of spiders colonized part of a Texas park in 2007. Here is a video of a spider colony in Brazil, and the accompanying Wired article describing the phenomenon (previously). Spiders are typically solitary creatures, but some species will band together when the prey is numerous or large enough.
posted by codacorolla on Nov 7, 2014 - 74 comments

How to identify (or misidentify) the hobo spider

How to identify (or misidentify) the hobo spider (pdf). Did you find a hobo spider? Here's an easy, step-by-step guide to determining whether or not you really have one.
posted by bigbigdog on Sep 27, 2014 - 41 comments

Spiderdog, Spiderdog, does whatever Spiderdog does!

Giant spider prank [SLYT]
posted by Jacqueline on Sep 5, 2014 - 67 comments

Milena Sidorova

Milena Sidorova is a soloist in the Dutch National Ballet. The Spider. Full Moon (aka the Pillow Dance). Reality Conundrum.
posted by Think_Long on Jun 12, 2014 - 8 comments

He eats spiders so that you don't have to.

"'average person eats 3 spiders a year' factoid actualy just statistical error. average person eats 0 spiders per year. Spiders Georg, who lives in cave & eats over 10,000 each day, is an outlier adn should not have been counted". Spiders Georg provides statistical explanation for one of the most commonly mis-represented scientific 'facts' promulgated for years. Although the math may be a little off and Georg may in fact be consuming many more spiders. You can read more from the man himself if you want to know more about the spider eating life.
posted by codacorolla on May 27, 2014 - 48 comments

Putting a bug in your gear

Justin Gershenson-Gates makes insects and spiders from mechanical watch parts. The Verge shows more pictures including one of a piece under construction, more photos are on Inhabitat, there are yet more photos at Twisted Sifter, and the artist has a personal website.
posted by bile and syntax on Apr 25, 2014 - 6 comments

Virgin? Check. Fed? Check.

New research suggests that it's the male black widow spider who chooses the female in order to avoid being post-coitally eaten, rather than the female who chooses the male. (article abstract)
posted by anothermug on Apr 19, 2014 - 9 comments

Awww... Australian fauna.

Peacock Spiders don't hurt humans (they're tiny and 'insignificant'). Here's one on a human fingernail in Western Australia where they live. Peacock Spiders (Flickr image search results) are quite something. (Previously). The still images don't capture the mating performances properly. [more inside]
posted by panaceanot on Feb 11, 2014 - 31 comments

Beautiful Eight-Legged Terrors

Macro Photos Of Cute And Cuddly Jumping Spiders by Thomas Shahan. Plus tips on how to shoot macro pictures of insects!
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jan 29, 2014 - 37 comments

Big living public hair

A fluffy ball of hair turns out to be lots of spider-things SLV
posted by angrycat on Jan 2, 2014 - 114 comments

Naturalis Historia

"My subject is a barren one – the world of nature, or in other words life; and that subject in its least elevated department, and employing either rustic terms or foreign, nay barbarian words that actually have to be introduced with an apology. Moreover, the path is not a beaten highway of authorship, nor one in which the mind is eager to range: there is not one of us who has made the same venture, nor yet one Roman who has tackled single-handed all departments of the subject."
Naturalis Historia was written by Pliny the Elder between 77 and 79 CE and was meant to serve as a kind of proto-encyclopedia discussing all of the ancient knowledge available to him, covered in enough depth and breadth to make it by a reasonable margin the largest work to survive to the modern day from the Roman era. The work includes discussions on astronomy, meteorology, geography, mineralogy, zoology and botany organized along Aristotelian divisions of nature but also includes essays on human inventions and institutions. It is dedicated to the Emperor Titus in its epistle to the Emperor Vespasian, a close friend of Pliny who relied on his extensive knowledge, and its unusually careful citations of sources as well as its index makes it a precursor to modern scholarly works. It was Pliny's last work, as well as sadly his sole surviving one, and was published not long before his death attempting to save a friend from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum, famously recounted by Pliny's eponymous nephew Pliny the Younger.
Here is a reasonable translation that is freely available to download from archive.org for your edification.
[more inside] posted by Blasdelb on Dec 16, 2013 - 24 comments

Why make a big deal out of nothing?

Jackson Landers tells a brief story about getting bit by a black widow
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 17, 2013 - 197 comments

Arachnophabulous

The Most Exquisitely Weird Spiders You Will Ever See. [more inside]
posted by mazola on Jul 31, 2013 - 47 comments

"about the size of your face"

In Sri Lanka a new species of giant tarantula has been discovered by the British Tarantula Society. They prefer to live in "well-established old trees, but due to deforestation the number have dwindled and due to lack of suitable habitat they enter old buildings." For spider lovers, there's video footage.
posted by MartinWisse on Apr 9, 2013 - 80 comments

Hollywood's Bug Man

Bug Art - Steven Kutcher creates paintings using bugs as living brushes. He's probably more noted as the working entomologist on a number of Hollywood films, including Arachnophobia. Bonus: Steven's E-Z Bug Collector Method (via FLUXO)
posted by madamjujujive on Mar 2, 2013 - 5 comments

Farewell, Space Spider.

Nefertiti, the jumping space spider, has died. Neffi (whose name means "the chosen one") apparently adapted from the typical hunting behavior of a redback jumping spider to that of her microgravity environment, "sidling up to her prey instead of leaping onto it". [more inside]
posted by ellF on Dec 8, 2012 - 30 comments

Surprisingly, this was not filmed in Australia.

Like spiders? How about giant spiders? How would you feel about having a couple move in next door? The nightmare begins at 1:24.
posted by roger ackroyd on Sep 27, 2012 - 68 comments

Conked Out

Last year the RSC [Royal Society of Chemistry] launched a huge public investigation into a matter of national importance: are spiders afraid of conkers? A tale of ancestral folk wisdom, natural insect repellents, and surprisingly well-designed school science experiments. Particularly worth it for the 5-minute documentary produced by the kids of Roselyon School.
posted by ZsigE on Sep 11, 2012 - 21 comments

RAWR

Sometimes, you just have to get the kids and wife together and yell at spiders. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Aug 24, 2012 - 56 comments

What does the world need? A spider. With claws.

It's a brand new nightmare fuel -- meet Mr. Clawed Cave Spider "When something touches their feet [their claws] may snap shut and seize their prey." Just look at this big guy who would love to drop in your hair as you spelunk in the caves of Southern Oregon! Oh hey those claws are BARBED too. So, totally will get caught in your hair.
posted by angrycat on Aug 22, 2012 - 95 comments

Spiders, a post about them

The fear of spiders is hardwired into most of humanity, despite the creatures often being beneficial to people. For some reason, it's the odd and scary stories about spiders that stick in our heads.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Aug 10, 2012 - 99 comments

The Spider Wars

"So I spent the night with a few friends ..." What do you do if you're staying in a room filled with brown recluse spiders? Well, if you're an entomologist you establish a base, erect defenses, and put together a coalition of allies.
posted by Joe in Australia on Aug 9, 2012 - 88 comments

Finding Colorful Beauty in the Small and Creepy

Omid Golzar and Shikhei Goh are two photographers who share a passion for a similar subject; extreme close-up macro images of insects and arachnids. [more inside]
posted by quin on Aug 8, 2012 - 10 comments

Careful in the morning.

Public Service Announcement About Spiders. Just so you know.
posted by sweetkid on Aug 5, 2012 - 62 comments

Ringing in the ears?

New hope for tinnitus sufferers. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on May 26, 2012 - 41 comments

Some spiders work and hunt in groups.

The deadly social web: Anelosimus eximius, also known as the South American Social Spider, are spiders that work together to repair webs and capture and kill prey much larger than any single spider.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on May 13, 2012 - 58 comments

Wagga-wagga-wide-web

Yet another reason to live in Australia. Spider behaviour in the flooded SE Oz. [more inside]
posted by jcm on Mar 6, 2012 - 114 comments

Spider silk sounds

Spider silk spun into violin strings "Strands of spider silk have been used to make violin strings that have a unique and thrilling sound, thanks perhaps to the way the strands deform when twisted."
posted by dhruva on Mar 5, 2012 - 35 comments

A Visit to a Miniature Fantasy

Wonderland, by Nadav Bagim, is a lovely macro-photo series which turns a kitchen counter into a miniature fantasy-land using household objects, and various critters as models.
posted by quin on Dec 24, 2011 - 7 comments

The spider-whisperers

Habronattus dossenus / Jumping Spider Mating Dance (with Sound!) [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear on Dec 1, 2011 - 23 comments

Loom

Loom. (SLVimeo) (Youtube version) (Arachnophobes should definitely skip this one.) (Via)
posted by zarq on May 26, 2011 - 14 comments

Myrmecomorphy

Ants are one of the most abundant groups on earth, but, curiously, not a lot of things eat them. Yes, there are anteaters (who also eat a lot of termites), and some lizards specialize on ants, but the little critters are full of noxious chemicals and pheromones that put them way down on the list of predators’ preferred foodstuffs. Because of this, many other insects and arthropods have evolved to mimic ants, taking advantage of the aversion of predators to anything antlike. These mimics are called myrmecomorphs, and they’re the subject of a really nice eponymous feature in this week’s Current Biology.
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posted by AceRock on May 12, 2011 - 22 comments

Check out my voodoo mask!

Excellent footage of the stunningly beautiful yet bizarre courtship and mating behavior of the Peacock Spider.This is quite possibly the first footage of this quality that shows this behavior. Many jumping spiders have elaborate courtship dances. More Previously.
posted by lazaruslong on Apr 14, 2011 - 73 comments

WINNERS DON'T IGNORE SAFEWORDS -- Wm. Sessions, Director, FBI.

Friday Saturday Flash Fun: Lesbian Spider Queens of Mars, by Auntie Pixelante.
posted by egypturnash on Apr 9, 2011 - 9 comments

Spiders are wonderful

Spiders are wonderful [via mefi projects]
posted by odinsdream on Apr 4, 2011 - 111 comments

Trees cocooned in spiders webs after flooding in Sindh, Pakistan

An unexpected side-effect of the flooding in parts of Pakistan has been that millions of spiders have climbed up into trees to escape the rising flood waters, cocooning them.
posted by livejamie on Mar 31, 2011 - 105 comments

Arachnophobes may wanna skip this one....

A new and previously unknown species of spider, Cerbalus Aravensis, (photo) has been discovered in the dune of the Sands of Samar (map) in Israel's southern Arava region along the Israel-Jordan border by a team of scientists from the University of Haifa-Oranim. Cerbalus is the largest arachnid of its type in the Middle East, with a leg-span that can reach up to 5.5" (14 cm). Unfortunately, its habitat is endangered thanks for rezoning for agriculture and sand quarries. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jan 12, 2010 - 81 comments

Everyone's On LSD!

Autistics on LSD Elephants on LSD British Troops on LSD Spiders on LSD Cats on LSD Argentinians on LSD Childhood Schizophrenics on LSD
posted by jonp72 on Nov 27, 2009 - 78 comments

A vegetarian spider

A (mostly) vegetarian spider: "A small jumping spider has taken to hunting plants instead of bugs. Bagheera kiplingi dodges throngs of aggressive ants to feast on the leaf-tip morsels of acacia shrubs, making it the first mostly vegetarian spider known to science."
posted by dhruva on Oct 13, 2009 - 37 comments

Arachnid overlords

Be glad you don't live in Bowen, Queensland. The town is being overrun by giant bird-eating spiders, which are venomous and as big as a man's hand. They're the biggest spiders in Australia, a land known for monstrous creepy crawlies.
posted by Chocolate Pickle on May 6, 2009 - 135 comments

Stupid sexy spiders

Yet another reason to be spider-averse - traumatic insemination.
posted by idiomatika on Apr 30, 2009 - 39 comments

Southern California is for suckers

Tree of Bees? Hills that move? A reflective humorous post about living in Southern California via mockable.org
posted by will wait 4 tanjents on Apr 7, 2009 - 65 comments

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