spiders

From the Fu Manchu to the Flanders, there’s no bigger must these days than a mustache. But the more fashionable element in the animal kingdom already has its own built-in staches. We thought these lip liners were so cool, we couldn’t wait until Movember to feature them (and the Air Force is having Mustache March so we’re right on...

Have a mad question about March hares? Something about squirrels driving you nuts? Want the poop on dung beetles? Welcome back to Ask Your Weird Animal Questions, in which we answer a few of your awesome animal inquiries each week. Let’s jump right in, because the first question is about dolphins. Do Dolphins Send Us...

Readers went wild for our recent post “Special Albinos and Unusually White Animals,” offering more than a hundred comments about their own sightings and interactions. Eric Rose from Kentucky let us know about two albino alligators named Snowball and Snowflake that live at the Newport Aquarium in Ohio. Cul8rAnnieGator of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, says her...

In a move worthy of Spider-Man, a potential new species of spider uses its web as a slingshot to ensnare prey. Like most spiders, this talented arachnid weaves a standard orb web out of silk. But it’s no regular web: The center is attached to nearby plants by a long thin line, and the tiny...

Forget Miley Cyrus: When it comes to twerking, spiders can save their lives by shaking their booties, a new study says. Scientists have found that male black widows move their bodies in a certain way to let females know of their presence—and avoid becoming their next meal. (Also see “Surprise! Male Spiders Eat Females, Too.”)...

The animal that built the strange picket fence structure has been found. Six months ago, visitors to the Peruvian Amazon discovered a mysterious picket fence structure nicknamed Silkhenge. Despite watching the structure for several days, naturalists at the Tambopata Research Center couldn’t figure out what type of animal (or fungus) was building it. When scientist Troy Alexander...

“Don’t bug me when I’m driving!” You’ve said it to kids, chatty friends, and your ringing phone, but you might want to also tell actual bugs and, in some cases, spiders. Last week CNN Money reported that Toyota recalled more than 800,000 cars due to a problem that sounds like a Rube Goldberg device: Spider webs...

“Don’t bug me when I’m driving!” You’ve said it to kids, chatty friends, and your ringing phone, but you might want to also tell actual bugs and, in some cases, spiders. Last week CNN Money reported that Toyota recalled more than 800,000 cars due to a problem that sounds like a Rube Goldberg device: Spider webs...

As if spiders aren’t unnerving enough, did you know that some of them use an electrostatic charge to leap into the air and fly for miles? They’re probably coming to your house. The flight of the gossamer spider was a curiosity even to Charles Darwin, who noted that his boat, the HMS Beagle, was “inundated by ballooning...

As if spiders aren’t unnerving enough, did you know that some of them use an electrostatic charge to leap into the air and fly for miles? They’re probably coming to your house. The flight of the gossamer spider was a curiosity even to Charles Darwin, who noted that his boat, the HMS Beagle, was “inundated by ballooning...

When we call a person two-faced, it’s an insult. But for some clever animals, being two-faced is a high compliment. Many animals evolve eyespots and even false heads—like the thorny devil—to look more menacing and fake out potential predators. But a 2010 study showed that the deceptive body parts don’t really have to look like anything—just...

When we call a person two-faced, it’s an insult. But for some clever animals, being two-faced is a high compliment. Many animals evolve eyespots and even false heads—like the thorny devil—to look more menacing and fake out potential predators. But a 2010 study showed that the deceptive body parts don’t really have to look like anything—just...

Victoria Hillman is a National Geographic Explorer and Research Director for the Transylvanian Wildlife Project overseeing research on carnivores and biodiversity of Europe’s last great wilderness. Follow the expedition here on Explorers Journal through updates from the team. —–— Invertebrates are incredibly diverse, coming in all shapes, sizes and colours. The roles invertebrates play in their ecosystems are...

Victoria Hillman is a National Geographic Explorer and Research Director for the Transylvanian Wildlife Project overseeing research on carnivores and biodiversity of Europe’s last great wilderness. Follow the expedition here on Explorers Journal through updates from the team. —–— Invertebrates are incredibly diverse, coming in all shapes, sizes and colours. The roles invertebrates play in their ecosystems are...

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala is setting off to explore Franz Josef Land, one of the most remote archipelagos in the world, only 900 km from the North Pole. Home to polar bears, whales, seals and more, the team will investigate how global warming may be affecting this crucial ecosystem in ways we still do not fully comprehend.  Follow his adventures...