“Spider silk can be stronger than steel and even stronger than Kevlar, the material used in bulletproof vests.” This quick excerpt from Stronger Than Steel, by Bridget Heos and with photographs by Andy Comins, highlights just one way spider silk is so remarkable–and why … Read more
Here’s a riddle for you: What walks on six legs but has an extra pair of extendable legs that stretch to check surroundings and hunt prey? Well, eight new species of arachnids that feature “a pair of elongated whiplike legs that … Read more
As Sy Montgomery writes in The Tarantula Scientist, “Spiders offer a close-up look at some of nature’s most dramatic moments. Without leaving your own backyard—and probably without even leaving your house—you can see an amazing amount of spider action.” And nothing … Read more
We’ve long known that spiders are more than the stuff of nightmares. This newly discovered variety found in Morocco is quite the acrobat!
Arachnophobics, beware! I wanted to share this story from Wired magazine about scientists doing some spider-hunting in the Amazon to find out what creature was making web-towers and why. Do not read before bed!