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The females in this family are large, but the males are relatively small in comparison. Although the male fossil looked similar to the Nephila jurassica, it wasn't that much smaller than the female, with a 0.65-inch long body, and legs that stretch 2.
A BIG body and gaudy colours aren't enough to ensure a male spider gets sex. Biologists say a golden orb-web spider needs a bit of vigour too. Michael Kasumovic and Frank Seebacher, of the University of NSW and University of Sydney respectively, say
Harvesting silk from a spider video Fritz Vollrath's silk group at Oxford has been going for about 15 years and has perfected a technique to reel silk directly from the spider. At the start of this film a spider is pinned down after being sedated
It might seem a self-destructive habit, but in removing their genitals, a new study reports, the spiders are actually improving their reproductive success...When invaders intact males come in, eunuchs fight and do much better than the intact males,
The male nephilengys malabarensis spider loses its spider penis when it has sex with a female, which is in itself a clever (if potentially painful) evolutionary trick, as it plugs up the lady spider's genitals and stops other men impregnating it...
Share This Story The video has gone viral since it hit the Internet, evoking, no doubt, a mixture of emotions from (probably) disgust to wonder and from a fascination with the primeval side of life to an equally strong, if morbid, fascination with
25 April 2012 Australia has cemented its reputation as the home of the world's most dangerous creepy crawlies with this video of a spider eating a half a metre long snake. Cairns kite surfer Ant Hadleigh filmed the golden orb spider devouring the
March 11, 2012 Spiders avoid sticking to their webs thanks to a combination of clever leg movements and branching leg hairs covered in a nonstick chemical coating, new research suggests. Orb-weavers are a group of spiders that build spiral wheel-
Spider silk spun into violin strings Science and technology reporter, BBC News More than 300 spiders were used to generate the thousands of strands of silk making up each string A Japanese researcher has used thousands of strands of spider silk to
For the study, conducted by researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and University of Costa Rica, the web-weaving behaviour of two tropical species, Nephila clavipes and Gasteracantha cancriformis, was recorded with a video