Unsettlingly, it appears that spiders' legs really do have minds of their own.
The reality TV show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here is under fire for using non-native insects while filming in the Welsh countryside.
We identify a few harmless spiders you've probably seen around the house and backyard — and a few that are best avoided.
Insects are plentiful and inexpensive. Even when children aren't attending school in person, they can learn from the encounters they have with insects outside.
An Italian study revealed how a murder mystery novel and a medical rarity were used to whip up media hysteria about spiders.
Funnel webs are considered one of Australia's most fearsome spiders, but their ability to kill humans is by accident rather than design.
The story of the Kangaroo Island Micro-trapdoor spider offer insight into the challenges ahead for invertebrates – the tiny engines of Australia's biodiversity – after this year's cataclysmic fires.
Citizen scientists have helped researchers track the changing environment during the pandemic.
"I arrived in Perth and bought a foam mattress for the back of my car – my bed for half of the trip. I stocked up on tinned food, and I headed north in search of these tiny eight-legged gems."
There is little to fear and lots to love about spiders, which have not killed anyone in Australia for 40 years.
Don't be afraid of spiders – be afraid for spiders
Human eyes are very complex and are good at doing many jobs at once, while spiders have different sorts of eyes that do different jobs.
The glue that gives spider webs their stickiness is a form of spider silk protein. Researchers can imagine cool uses for a synthetic version – but had to wait for the tricky glue gene to be sequenced.
Spiders use different types of silk for different purposes – and not all of them are as strong as steel.
Trapdoor spiders that build unique burrows are found only in small areas of Queensland. But they don't travel very far from their location, and that could put them at risk.
Our fear of spiders is driven by a lack of information, but these fascinating creatures are often more harmless than harmful.
Believe it or not, I have studied the hairy legs of spiders for years and can give you some definitive answers on this.
Autumn is spider season. It's worth getting to know more about our eight-legged friends.
Scientists were not sure if an adult butterfly could remember things it learned as a caterpillar. Then a study by a team of US scientists found something very interesting.
This Speed Read makes the case why you should be nice to spiders you encounter in your home and consider a live-and-let-live policy.