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Feature: Fighting Creepy with Crawly
The Australian sheep industry is crippled by drug-resistant parasitic worms, but the unique chemistries in spider venoms are showing promise as a new class of drenching agent.
The giant wood spider
Feature: You Are What You Weave
A spider web’s architecture and the properties of its silk are a consequence of environmental conditions and the nutrients that the spider extracts from its prey.
Feature: Along Came a Spider
Genetic studies reveal that trapdoor spiders colonised Kangaroo Island after surviving a remarkable rafting journey from South Africa.
Browse: RepellAnt in Silk
Silk produced by golden orb-weaving spiders contains ant repellent.
Browse: Along Came a Spider and Sat Down to Fish Browse: Tarantula Venom May Block Chronic Pain
Browse: Trap-jaw Spiders Strike like Lightning Fossil File: The Rise of Spiders and Roaches
Tiny fossils preserved in amber reveal when spiders evolved their ability to spin webs and cockroaches first spread across the globe.
Online Feature: Tarantula venom: a new selective, effective edible insecticide
An environmentally-friendly insecticide has been developed from the venom of a native Australian tarantula.