Invasive species: biggest threat may be the most uncertain – disease

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.

Amy Burgess, PhD Candidate in Invasion Biology, Teesside University • conversation
Nov. 26, 2020 ~6 min

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Great Fox-Spider rediscovered on MoD land in Surrey

The Great Fox-Spider had not been seen since the early 1990s and was feared extinct in the UK.

Oct. 31, 2020 ~2 min


Want to teach kids about nature? Insects can help

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.

Megan Ennes, Assistant Curator of Museum Education, University of Florida • conversation
Oct. 29, 2020 ~5 min

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Spider home invasion season: why the media may be to blame for your arachnophobia

An Italian study revealed how a murder mystery novel and a medical rarity were used to whip up media hysteria about spiders.

Mike Jeffries, Associate Professor, Ecology, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
Oct. 1, 2020 ~6 min

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‘Slingshot spiders’ accelerate 100X faster than cheetahs

The slingshot spider can launch itself at pray with a velocity of more than 13 feet per second. Unsuspecting mosquitoes don't stand a chance.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Aug. 20, 2020 ~9 min

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Four ways people stuck at home became armchair naturalists during lockdown

Citizen scientists have helped researchers track the changing environment during the pandemic.

Jordan Patrick Cuff, PhD Candidate in Biosciences, Cardiff University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~6 min

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Warming Arctic nudges wolf spiders to cannibalism

To compete in a warming Arctic, wolf spiders get bigger, reproduce more, and eat different foods—including other spiders.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
May 8, 2020 ~6 min

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Peacock spiders show more of their colours

A new batch of these ostentatiously coloured and popular arachnids is described in Australia.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
March 30, 2020 ~2 min

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Biodiversity: The best plants for attracting insects to gardens

With insect populations in decline, a study shows how gardens can support beetles, spiders and the like.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Dec. 7, 2019 ~3 min

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