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How to turn garden clippings into striking insect sculptures

How does Montreal-based designer Raku Inoue create his striking ‘Natura Insects’ series of plant sculptures on Instagram? It starts with collecting and sorting interesting materials from his garden, going with the flo...

How do crab spiders use their silk to fly?

Some spiders can catch onto breezes that send them flying across oceans and high up into the skies by ballooning—releasing "numerous strands of silk that they spin up to six feet long." And those threads of silk, ...

Lucas the Spider discovers a tiny wooden village…

Lucas the Spider might be tiny, but in a toy wooden village, he's quite big. In fact, he's giant. Watch Giant Spider, above, a fun CGI short created by animator Joshua Slice and voiced by his nephew Lucas. Slice has p...

The animated adventures of Lucas the Spider

Meet Lucas the Spider, a series of short and adorable animations by animator Joshua Slice, whose credits include Disney's Zootopia and Big Hero 6. The original Lucas short was a quick animation voiced by Slice's nephe...

1000s of Bugs, 100 Islands, 1 Happy Entomologist

Community ecologist, biodiversity scientist, and entomologist Crystal Ernst is cataloging insects, spiders, and other tiny creatures for the 100 Islands Project, a multiyear island biogeography study across the Centra...

A garden orb web spider weaves its web in time lapse

From BBC Earth, watch a garden orb web spider construct its web. Starting with a strong bridge line, anchor points, and frame threads that help it establish a web center, it weaves out, around, and around. The mix of ...

The incredibly strong (and massive) web of the Darwin’s bark spider

The largest orb web documented in nature is made by Darwin's bark spiders, black, hairy looking arachnids that are "no bigger than a thumbnail." They construct their massive 'nets' across rivers to catch their prey, s...

To Demonstrate How Spiders Fly (1909)

British naturalist and nature documentary pioneer Percy Smith created this short silent film of a mechanical replica spider in 1909 to educate the public about arachnids. To Demonstrate How Spiders Fly can be found in...

Umwelt – Time lapse flowers mix with real time insects

Watch as time lapse flowers bloom and wilt quickly beneath insects that appear to have been filmed in real time. Umwelt by Japanese artist Yoshiyuki Katayama is a fascinating digital mix of worlds and time frames. The...

Spid-a-boo! The Jotus remus peacock spider waves its paddle leg

A newly discovered peacock spider, the Jotus remus -- 'remus' means 'oar' or 'paddle' in Latin -- waves his paddle shaped leg at potential mates as he hides the rest of his body. Though he can't see the female, he can...

“Flying” spiders that can glide through the air from tree to tree

Flying? Falling? Gliding with control! The arboreal Selenops spider can steer itself with a fair amount of accuracy as it "flies" through the air, as demonstrated in the drop tests above. The large, flat spiders (nick...

This blue masked peacock spider is tiny & adorable

Behold Western Australia's Maratus personatus, a tiny, blue-masked, zebra-striped, male peacock spider that is one of a diverse and rather adorable spider family. From peacock spider enthusiast Jürgen Otto: To the...

Trogloraptors & How Science Works – Cal Academy

In 2010, some amateur cave explorers discovered a relatively large six-eyed, hook-legged, orangey-brown spider in a Southern Oregon cave. In 2012, the spider was named Trogloraptor marchingtoni or Trogloraptor (which ...

Bioluminescent forest: Nature reimagined with projection mapping

How might you imagine small forest creatures and plants looking if they were bioluminescent? Which animals and plants would you pick to glow, and what patterns and colors would you design for them? Artists Friedri...

This “snail shell spider” uses its web to hoist objects up high

From the BBC's Madagascar, narrated by David Attenborough, watch how the small and elusive Olios coenobitus spider uses its web threads like rope, hauling an empty snail shell into the island's native thorny succulent...

Shake Your Silk-Maker: The Dance of the Peacock Spider

When a peacock spider dances, how do we know that it's a really, really good dancer? From their colorful, iridescent body displays, to their wide variety of dance moves, to the different rhythms that they "sing" while...

Ladybird spiders (Eresus sandaliatus)

Ladybird spiders! A 10-16mm black female — who first appears around the one minute mark — and 6-9mm, brightly-colored male, emerge from silk-lined burrows in the grassy hills of Tišnov, Czech Republic. The difference ...

The six-spotted fishing spider hunts and eats fish

Angling from the water's surface, the six-spotted fishing spider (Dolomedes triton) hunts and eats fish, tadpoles, and other invertebrates. It can even dive 18 cm (7.1 in) down into the water to complete the job. It i...

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