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BBC News about Spiders
Spider named after Attenborough
A tiny spider discovered recently in Australia is named after British television naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
Spider sex trick boosts paternity
Some male spiders voluntarily "castrate" themselves during sex in order to increase their chances of fathering offspring, according to a new study.
Spiderman web 'closer to reality'
US researchers create silk worms that have been genetically modified to spin much stronger silk.
Venomous spider's nest in garden
Milton Keynes pest controllers issue a warning after a biting spider's nest is found in a garden in Bletchley.
Rare spiders released on marshes
Rare spiders hand-reared at Chessington Zoo are released on to Sussex marshes.
Fossil spider 'biggest on record'
Scientists describe a 15cm-long Chinese spider that lived 165 million years ago - the biggest fossilised arachnid yet found.
Cannibal spiders are ladykillers
In a unique role reversal, male wolf spiders cannibalise older females due to harsh habitats, scientists find.
Mosquito-eater spider likes socks
A spider that preys on the malaria-carrying mosquito is attracted to the odour of people's smelly socks, say scientists.
Assassin bug mimics spider prey
Scientists have described how a species of insect, known as assassin bugs, lures spiders by mimicking prey caught in webs.
The man who feeds flies to spiders
Entomology researcher Dr Ian Bedford talks about his son's bizarre job - feeding baby spiders by sucking flies up using a rubber tube.
Big hairy spiders
A spider expert gives the low down on the insects moving into a handy nook near you.
Spider builds life-sized decoys
A species of spider builds a life-like model of its own body to distract predators, scientists have discovered.
Gigantic spider's web discovered
A newly discovered spider makes the longest known web, which is also made from the toughest known biomaterial.
Spider size is a question of gravity
In some species of spider, males are far smaller than females; now scientists think they know why.
How spider webs catch water drops
The new study has shown how spider silk captures water from the air and gathers it into jewel-like droplets.
Female cannibalistic spiders find males distasteful
Female sexual cannibals do not find their male partners particularly tasty.
Spider web confirmed as 'oldest'
Spider webs encased in amber which were discovered on an East Sussex beach have been confirmed by scientists as being the world's oldest on record.
Giant orb web spider discovered
A new and rare species of "giant" orb web spider has been discovered in Africa and Madagascar.
Did you know?
That a spider's web can be too sticky?