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In a surprise discovery, scientists have discovered the first known mostly vegetarian spider in the jungle mountains of Costa Rica and Mexico. The Bagheera kiplingi was observed feasting not on flies or gnats but on the buds of the acacia plant. Science has known about the Bagheera kiplingi since the late 1800’s when naturalists collected…

The leading spider scientists have long been flabbergasted by two things: 1) Why they aren’t swimming in women with their own condominiums and 2) why some spiders seem to cover their otherwise see-through webs with junk. The scientists may now have an answer to question two, the one that, unfortunately, does not add to their…

So you start out with a simple experiment, so simple in fact, that it sounds like Andrew and I came up with it when we were seven: How long do different species of spider survive underwater? You take 120 wolf spiders of three different species that live in marsh lands, and you submerge them underwater…

Spiders in Space

Two weeks ago the University of Colorado College of Engineering sent two orb weaving spiders up in the space shuttle. The spiders’ web building behavior was observed and streamed back to earth, serving as a classroom tool for teaching fifth though ninth graders about the effects of zero gravity. Great idea. Except when scientists opened…

Jumping Spider Mating Dance

Jumping spiders have exceptional vision and therefore, their courtship displays have a highly visual component. This nifty video shows a male jumping spider doing its equivalent of the Booty Drop. Make sure to have your volume on. For more MTV Grind worthy jumping spider action, check out the Tree of Life Web Project.

Secrets of Black Widow Silk Revealed

Tougher than steel and Kevlar, the silk of the black widow spider has long been coveted by manufacturing companies, defense contractors and comic-book reading nerds as a possible material of the future. Scientists have spent years decoding pieces of the spiders’ silk making genes, but now Nadia Ayoub and a group of researchers at the…

A Chinese born, Paris-based artist hailed for his groundbreaking work that helped pave the way for a new generation of young artists in China is on the defensive after his most recent installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery. His work “Theatre of the World” features snakes, lizards, scorpions and a variety of dangerous insects trapped…

Kiss Me I?m Irish?

In honor of St. Paddy’s Day, a tribute to being green. Northland Green Gecko, naultinus grayii Green Lynx Spider, peucetia viridansGreen Hermit Hummingbird, phaethornis guy (we think) Green Grasshopper, campylacantha olivacea