If it’s good enough for a spider, why can’t we make such strong silk?
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.
Just another of Australia’s creepy crawlies… but will it kill you?
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?
Dr. Tanya Pennell
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.
Shield bug guarding her eggs in the Ecuadorean rainforest.
Andreas Kay/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
The perils of bug parenting.
Texas blind salamander.
A new project hopes to drill through the Earth's crust for the first time. But what beasties lurk deep beneath our feet?
The social huntsman,
Delena cancerides, can be found in families of up to 150.
Linda S. Rayor
Huntsman spiders deserve a place alongside koalas and kangaroos as iconic Australian wildlife.
Spider silk is just one of the ways nature has inspired innovation.
Silk image from www.shutterstock.com
Drugs, new materials and even more creative uses: biodiversity is full of potential.
Latrodectus hasseltii, the redback spider.
Toby Hudson/Wikimedia Commons
Be thankful you aren't a male redback spider.
Fungus gnats are one the many arthropods that find their way into our homes.
Gnat image from www.shutterstock.com
Our homes harbour hundreds of species of insects and their relatives.
Is Australia really the most lethal nation on earth when it comes down to it?
There's a simple reason why Australia isn't the most lethal nation in the world.
As a generalist predator, spiders, like this Western Rough Wolf Spider, help limit the number of insects in your garden.
Jean and Fred/Flickr
Only two Australian spiders can kill you, but the rest are a pretty fascinating bunch.
Look at me! They’re not called peacock spiders for nothing.
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.
Spiders such as this funnel-web (Hadronyche infensa) will only bite if threatened.
There are more than 45,000 species of spider, but only a handful are potentially dangerous to humans.
The wasp’s pupa commandeering an enslaved spider.
Scientists in Japan have discovered a new species of wasp that induces a zombie-like state in spiders in order to manipulate them into protecting the wasp’s own offspring.
This spider doesn’t know it yet, but he’s about to build a new home for that wasp larva on his back.
A new study reveals one of the animal world's more bizarre and gruesome parasitic relationships.
All spiders are predators, but most of them are small and have rudimentary defences against larger animals that in turn prey on them. Spiders have thus evolved a range of predatory behaviours that, at…
A red herring in some respects.
Autumn is the time when people typically notice spiders in their houses and there is usually an increase in the number of media stories suggesting that spiders – particularly the false widow spider – may…
Cute monster: Phoneutria spider.
It seems Ebola and terrorism may have lost their scare factor. That is because journalists have once again turned to arachnophobia. “Brazilian Wandering spider found under a bunch of bananas in Waitrose…
New research shows golden orb weaving spiders are larger in cities compared to their relatives in the bush.
Find yourself thinking that the spider living in your garden is the biggest you’ve ever seen? You could be right. New research shows some spiders are getting larger and even doing better in cities than…