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Looking for an arthropod of the eight-legged variety? Try checking out these articles and links on spiders.

Why Do Spiders Bite Humans?
Why do spiders bite humans? Actually, that "spider bite" is almost always something else. Learn why spiders bites are actually rare.

Order Araneae - Characteristics of Spiders
Most people can recognize a spider, but do you know what characteristics make a spider a spider?

Facts About Spiders – 10 Facts About Spiders
Facts About Spiders – 10 Facts About Spiders

What Is Spider Silk?
Spider silk is one of the most versatile natural polymers known.

Why Spiders Decorate Their Webs
Some spiders make elaborate decorations in their webs - circles, zigzags, crosses, or spirals. What purpose do these web decorations, called stabilimenta, serve?

Why Don't Spiders Get Stuck In Their Webs?
Many spiders build webs to ensnare prey, and then sit and wait for a hapless insect to fly into the sticky silk trap. Why doesn't the spider get stuck in its web?

Tarantulas, Family Theraphosidae

Tarantula Anatomy Diagram

10 Cool Facts About Tarantulas
Hollywood directors like to use tarantulas in horror flicks, because these huge, furry spiders look intimidating. But tarantulas have been given a bad rap. These 10 cool facts about tarantulas should make you think differently about these docile and fascinating spiders.

What Do Tarantulas Eat?
Tarantulas are carnivores. Here's more information on what they eat, and how they catch their prey.

Brown Recluse Spiders
The brown recluse spider, Loxosceles reclusa, has a bad and largely undeserved reputation. Across the U.S., people fear the bite of this spider. In truth, the brown recluse is just that - a recluse. It's range is limited to one section of the country, and its bite is rarely life threatening.

5 Lies About the Brown Recluse Spiders
More lies are told about the brown recluse spider , Loxosceles reclusa , than any other arthropod in North America. Public hysteria about this shy spider has been fueled by media hype and medical misdiagnosis. It's time to set the record straight. My rebuttals to each of these statements are not based on my own opi

Did a Florida Man Really Die From a Brown Recluse Bite?
In February 2014, various news outlets reported that a man in Lakeland, Florida had died as a result of a brown recluse spider bite. Is it true? Here's my analysis.

Brown Recluse Spider Stories - Share Your Brown Recluse Spider Stories
Brown recluse spiders live in a limited area of the U.S. Even where they are abundant, people are rarely bitten by them. Most brown recluse bites heal without medical intervention. Necrotic wounds are often misdiagnosed as recluse bites. But without catching a spider in the act and having that spider identified by an expert, you can't prove a...

Cellar Spiders, Family Pholcidae
Cellar spiders (Family Pholcidae) are also called daddy longlegs and vibrating spiders. Look around your basement and you'll probably find one. Learn the habits and traits of cellar spiders.

Cobweb Spiders, Family Theridiidae
Cobweb spiders include the familiar common house spider and the feared black widow. A large and diverse family, there are over 2,200 Theridiids worldwide.

Jumping Spiders - Family Salticidae
Jumping spiders comprise the largest family in the spider order, the family Salticidae. They use their excellent vision and athletic springing ability to hunt and capture prey. It's easy to recognize a jumping spider once you know its characteristics.

Jumping Spiders – How Do Jumping Spiders Jump?
Jumping Spiders – How Do Jumping Spiders Jump?

Lynx Spiders, Family Oxyopidae
Lynx spiders are agile hunters with unique traits that make them easy to identify. Learn the habits and traits of lynx spiders, Family Oxyopidae.

Nursery Web and Fishing Spiders, Family Pisauridae
Learn the habits and traits of nursery web spiders and fishing spiders, members of the family Pisauridae.

Orb Weaver Spiders - Family Araneidae
To most people, spiders are creatures that spin large, round webs around our homes and gardens. These recognizable webs are specifically the work of the orb weaver spiders, members of the family Araneidae. Orb weaver spiders come in bright colors, different sizes, and several shapes.

Wolf Spiders - Family Lycosidae
One of the largest spider families, wolf spiders live everywhere from deserts to mountains, rainforests to meadows. Wolf spiders use keen eyesight, quick reflexes, and camouflage to survive as ground dwellers.

Widow Spiders - the Genus Latrodectus
The famous black widow is just one of the venomous widow spiders living throughout the world. Bites from female widow spiders are medically significant, and may require treatment with an antivenin.

Spider Sense: Fast Facts on Extreme Arachnids
From National Geographic, a collection of facts about the most extreme and unusual members of the class Arachnida.

EXPLORIT SCIENCE CENTER: Spider Facts
A detailed but well-written page full of spider facts and profiles.

Spiders
A page about backyard spiders, with descriptions of a few common genera and tips on observing them.

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