More and more evidence shows evolution isn't as random as often thought.
Some spiders produce silk than can actually be stronger than steel and 50 times as light.
There are plenty of reasons to love and not hate spiders, but let's start with just eight.
If we could mimic spider silk, it could revolutionise the fibres we use on a daily basis.
The closest relative of Kangaroo Island's trapdoor spider lives in South Africa - and the arachnid could have arrived in Australia by oceanic migration.
If a huge huntsman spider is sucked into a vacuum cleaner, can it crawl out later? Lucy, age eight, really, really needs to know.
Spider silk is strong stuff and could be used to manufacture ultra tough ropes and cables, and better sutures in medicine. If only we could find a way to make the stuff.
Australia's snakes, spiders and other venomous critters tend to strike fear in many people. But is Australia's reputation as a nation of deadly creatures deserved?
New research into how wasps divide up their jobs shows how economics can be key to understanding animal behaviour.
I'm an edible invertebrate ... get me away from there.
The perils of bug parenting.
A new project hopes to drill through the Earth's crust for the first time. But what beasties lurk deep beneath our feet?
Huntsman spiders deserve a place alongside koalas and kangaroos as iconic Australian wildlife.
Drugs, new materials and even more creative uses: biodiversity is full of potential.
Be thankful you aren't a male redback spider.
Our homes harbour hundreds of species of insects and their relatives.
There's a simple reason why Australia isn't the most lethal nation in the world.
Only two Australian spiders can kill you, but the rest are a pretty fascinating bunch.
Biologists, along with most of the internet, have been puzzled as to why peacock spiders have such flamboyant courtship displays. So we decided to find out.
There are more than 45,000 species of spider, but only a handful are potentially dangerous to humans.