The small and unassuming
Once confined to the Canary Islands, noble false widow spiders are casting their web worldwide.
There would be no life on Earth without invertebrates, but they are understudied and underappreciated. The Bug of the Year competition aims to change that, so have your say and vote!
How to entangle the universe in a spider/web?, 2022, Tomás Saraceno. Courtesy the artist with thanks to Arachnophilia, neugerriemschneider, Berlin and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles.
Photo Credit: Mona/Jesse Hunniford Image Courtesy Studio Tomás Saraceno and MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
This new exhibition at Hobart’s Mona captures Tomás Saraceno’s collaborations with research institutes.
New research shows rewilding with invertebrates – insects, worms, spiders and the like – can go a long way in bringing our degraded landscapes back to life.
Many animals have evolved very entertaining – if not impolite – strategies for evolutionary success.
Branching gerbil burrows leading to a debris mound preserved on an ancient dune surface.
There is something near-miraculous in the concept of tiny creatures, weighing just grams, making tracks and traces so long ago, that are now evident in rock.
These fascinating spiders only live for about a year and have particularly interesting family arrangements.
A close-up of the head of a leafcutter ant, Atta cephalotes, showing the metal-infused teeth on its mandibles.
Many small animals make their teeth and claws from a smooth blend of proteins and heavy elements. These materials can form very sharp tools that make it possible to cut tough substances using tiny muscles.
Euoplos variabilis from Mount Tamborine.
To many people, Australia’s spider diversity is a source of fear. To arachnologists, it’s a goldmine, with most Australian spider species still yet to be discovered.
What’s going on here? Why do spiders do this after floods and does it happen everywhere?
Louise Bourgeois’ Maman (1999) outside the Tate Modern in London.
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In this instalment of our fantasy art travel series, Jen Webb yearns to revisit London, a special aunt and a very big arachnid.
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.
Golden orbweaver spiders may appear in your gardens.
We identify a few harmless spiders you’ve probably seen around the house and backyard — and a few that are best avoided.
Insects are an inexpensive and effective way to teach children about science.
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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.
Flamingos crowd a muddy area in Mumbai, India, May 17 2020.
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.”