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Posts tagged Spiders

August 15, 2016


a spider in the trees weaving a web

Where Are The Giant Spiders?

Insects don't have internal bones the way people do: their hard supporting structures are all on the outside, and need to be rebuilt as the insect grows.

August 4, 2016


An ant crawling on a wooden table

Arthropod House Guests

Entomologists from North Carolina State University discovered we share our houses with hundreds of different arthropod species.

February 29, 2016


Selenops spider

Sky-Diving Spiders

Scientists discover a spider that can survive 80-foot drops, no strings attached.

May 8, 2014


Close up of an albino snake

Snakes And Spiders

Learn about phobias to snakes and spiders on this edition of A Moment of Science.

October 7, 2013


a spider in the trees weaving a web

What Is The Biggest Spider?

I have an insect question. What's the biggest spider ever?

July 6, 2011



Spiders Recycling

What if a nice, protein-rich insect doesn't get trapped in the web every day? What's a hungry orb-weaver to do?

October 25, 2010


A spider web wrapped around a pink flower

Spiders Send Ultraviolet Signals to Insects

Spiders have been found to decorate their webs with special ultraviolet-reflecting silk in flower-like patterns.

August 2, 2010


A bowl of vanilla and strawberry ice cream

Glycoproteins, Xylomannan, And Bug Protein In Your Ice Cream

Did you know that scientists are studying how bugs survive in harsh, frozen environments to learn how to keep our ice cream cold?

March 30, 2009


Baby elephant with mother

The Origin of Fingers and Toes

Before about 360 million years ago, no vertebrates had limbs. They all shared the same fish-like body shape. But around that time something exciting happened.

March 27, 2009


Robber fly on leaf

Flies That Eat Spiders

When many spiders capture a fly, they don't eat it right away. Instead, they poison the fly and wrap it in silk.

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