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Huge Whip Spiders Wear Nail Polish for Science

Behavioral neuroscientist and National Geographic grantee Verner Bingman catches huge whip spiders by hand and outfits them with radio transmitters and … nail polish? The mix of highly technical tools and beauty products helps Bingman study the nightmarish-looking creature’s impressive navigational skills, which are unprecedented in invertebrates.

These Spiders Won’t Panic at the Disco

Get to know the bizarre and beautiful critters discovered on a recent expedition to the cloud forest of Ecuador.

Don’t Call Them Spiders: A Closer Look at Tiny Harvestmen

It won’t be quick or easy to piece together the histories of these Pacific islands and their faunas, but seeing these animals, certain hypotheses come to mind.

Puppy-Size Tarantula Found: Explaining World’s Biggest Spider

The world’s largest spider has crept back into the spotlight, thanks to a scientist who described harrowing arachnid encounters on his blog.

Why Did Thousands of Venomous Spiders Swarm a House?

Thousands of brown recluse spiders that forced a family from their home may have been mostly males looking for mates, scientist says.

7 More Bug Myths Squashed: Giant Killer Insects, Flesh-Eating Beetles

Can roaches really get stuck in your ear? Will scarab beetles really crawl into your body and eat you alive? We take on seven more bug myths suggested by our readers.

7 Bug and Spider Myths Squashed

How many spiders do we really eat in a year? Can cockroaches survive nuclear winter? What’s the difference between venomous and poisonous?

Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Jumping Spiders, Angry Cats

Can elephants track scents? How can a jumping spider travel so fast? Read this week’s Ask Your Weird Animal Questions column.

Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: What Happens If You Swallow a Spider?

What would happen if you swallowed a poisonous spider? How many birds do you need for a flock? Read this week’s Ask Your Weird Animal Questions.

What’s a Fishing Spider? Behind the Arachnid Trending on Facebook

Freshwater Species of the Week: Fishing Spider

When the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources posted on its Facebook page that giant fishing spiders had been spotted around the state the news was shared more than 10,000 times. More than 2,000 comments were received, including from people posting their own images of the arachnids. Many posters expressed concern and abhorrence. But these are amazing animals with super powers, able to walk or sail with the wind on water, and they can haul up aquatic animals five times their weight.

Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: The Largest Spider in the World

Weird Animal Questions got a new kind of query this week when a reader sent us a photo of a peculiar creature and asked for help identifying it. It turned out to be so much fun to answer that we’re starting a “What’s in Your Yard?” feature: Send Weird Animal Questions your pictures of unidentified…

Dwarf Spiders’ “Chastity Belts” Explained

Scientists have revealed new discoveries about mating plugs, which dwarf male spiders insert into females to keep out rival sperm.

Can Spider Venom Save the Honeybee?

A new pesticide based on the venom of a particular spider kills common agricultural pests but leaves honeybees unharmed, a new study says.

Spider Disguises Itself as Bird Droppings

The spider Cyclosa ginnaga hides from predators by looking like a pile of bird feces, a new study says.

Cartwheeling Spider Found, Inspires New Robot

Dubbed a “biological wonder,” a new species of spider discovered in Morocco flips its way out of danger, a new study says.