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Sicarius spiders self-bury in the sand

Sicarius spiders are a genus of 'six-eyed sand spiders' found in both South America and southern Africa. They're internet-famous for two things: Their venom and the way they self-bury in the sand. In the video above, ...

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...

Nature’s Masters Of Disguise – Maddie About Science

Go behind-the-scenes at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History with arachnologist Hannah Wood and Maddie About Science host Maddie Sofia to see the mimics of the museum's collection. Atlas moths, stick bugs, leaf i...

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...

Scorpions of the Bay Area

"There are absolutely scorpions in the Bay Area, in fact, California is one of the most diverse places on Earth for scorpions. We have somewhere between four and six species of scorpions locally. The good thing is tha...

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...

Scorpion evolution, scorpion moms, & glowing scorpions

Scorpion facts: Scorpions have been on Earth for 400 million years, scorpions give birth to live young and then catch them in their arms, and under ultraviolet light, scorpions fluoresce. Scientist and Cal Academy Ass...

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...

You Have Mites Living On Your Face – Gross Science

Yep, you have mites living on your face. And in this episode of Gross Science, Anna Rothschild explains how they're eating, laying eggs, dying, and leaking feces. On your face. But don't worry because we've known this...

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...

Spiders Tune Their Webs Like A Guitar

Much more than just a net to catch prey, spider webs can transmit lots of information about what has been caught or what might be visiting. Oxford researchers have recently discovered that the strands of silk vibrate ...

A newly-discovered species of cartwheeling spider

This newly-discovered species of cartwheeling spider, Cebrennus rechenbergi or Moroccan flic-flac spider, is definitely something to see. From ScienceTake, watch it

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