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ASDA Banana Spiders Force House Evacuation

That thing about deadly overseas spiders getting in the bananas and coming over here to panic the nation? It's happened again. It's happened to some poor woman in County Durham who had to get out of the house while Spiderbusters came in and nuked the place. Read More >>

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This New Mexican Cave Spider is Ridiculous

Say hello to Califorctenus cacachilensis, a new species of spider found in a remote mountain region of Baja California Sur. This elusive, softball-sized arachnid prefers the dark and cosy confines of caves, which seems entirely appropriate given its gruesome appearance. Also, we are never going into caves ever again. Read More >>

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Adorable Couple Donates Their £8 Million Insect Collection To Science

Lois and Charles O'Brien are both in their 80s. They met at the University of Arizona in the 1950s, "brought together by insects", according to Charles in an interview with The Guardian. They're big on bugs—enough to have collected more than a million insects, a collection worth $10 million (£8 million), according to Nico Franz, an entomologist at Arizona State University, where the insects are now being kept. Read More >>

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How Deadly Spider Venom Might Save Lives

Funnel web spiders are a perplexing bunch. The eight-legged Australian creatures can kill with their venom, but are simultaneously required for creating the antidote. Now, it turns out their venom might have another purpose—protecting the brain from the damaging effects of a stroke. Read More >>

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The Amount of Food Spiders Eat Each Year Will Haunt You for the Rest of Your Life

Spiders are already horrifying, with their eight beady little eyes and spindly legs and sticky webs. They also probably eat more meat than your mind can wrap your head around — more meat than humans eat, even. Read More >>

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Australian Zoo Wants You to Catch Deadly Venomous Spiders 

You probably already know that Australia has some really terrifying spiders (though apparently they aren’t as dangerous as the bees). One of those eight-legged monsters is the Sydney funnel web spider, a potentially deadly arachnid inhabiting a small semicircle on the eastern Australian coast that includes the Australian Reptile Park in New South Wales. Manufacturers rely on spider venom supplied from the park to produce a spider bite antidote. Read More >>

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Unfortunate Australian Man Receives Second Spider Bite to the Penis

An Australian man who'd rather we didn't know his surname has suffered a spider bite to the penis, with the extraordinary revelation that this isn't the first time it's happened. It's as if he's putting his penis near spiders on purpose, wanting it to happen. Read More >>

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Spiders ‘Tune’ Their Webs Like Guitar Strings

Researchers from the UK and Spain have shown that spiders are capable of tuning their webs, allowing these eight-legged critters to receive specific information about their environment, including the presence of prey, potential mates, and the structural condition of the web. Read More >>

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Scientists Found Even More of Those Crazy-Looking Peacock Spiders

Most people wouldn’t describe spiders as “beautiful”. But have you ever seen a peacock spider? Scientists just found seven new species of these exotic, multi-coloured arachnids. Read More >>

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Watch a Spider Spin Its Intricate Web and Then Use It to Catch Prey

Here’s time lapse footage of a garden orb spider building out its web. It’s really interesting to see the process from the start, when it seems like a few random strands are connected to each other, and right at the end when it’s all completed - ready to catch its first prey. The whole web spinning process is detailed perfectly to help you understand what’s going on too. Read More >>

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Spider Bondage Exists and it’s as Horrible as it Sounds

Spiders are notorious for their bizarre and often violent mating practices. New research shows that, in order to avoid getting eaten during sex, male nursery spiders will tie up their partners with silken threads. And yes, it’s as gruesome as you might imagine. Read More >>

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Use This Type of Light Bulb To Combat Hordes of Insects This Summer

If you don’t want your home invaded this summer, you’ll want to learn the results of a summer-long experiment meant to test whether different light bulbs attract different amounts of bugs. It turns out that incandescent bulbs attract the most insects, while yellow-orange LEDs attract the least. Read More >>

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Meet the Johnny Cash Tarantula and Thirteen Other New Species

Here’s a fact to chew on while planning your next holiday: the southwestern United States is brimming with tarantula diversity. Today in the journal ZooKeys, biologists describe 14 previously unknown species of tarantulas living in the American Southwest, including Aphonopelma johnnycashi. Country music legend Johnny Cash has a new spirit animal. Read More >>