PUBLISHED: 15:56 10 August 2019 | UPDATED: 15:56 10 August 2019 Sabrina Johnson Arachnobot, the world's first giant spider puppet, visited intu Chapelfield as part of their celebrations of nature's tiniest creatures. Picture: intu Chapelfield intu Chapelfield A giant spider has been spotted terrifying shoppers in Norwich. Arachnobot, the world's first giant spider puppet, visited intu Chapelfield as part of their celebrations of nature's tiniest creatures. Picture: intu ChapelfieldThe larger than life arachnid, which was actually a puppet, startled unsuspecting shoppers on more than one occasion when it appeared at Intu Chapelfield on Saturday, You may also want to watch: Measuring four metres in height, the puppet was at the shopping centre as part of a preview of the Big Bug Tour, a celebration of insects which is planned for later this month.Taking place from August 31 until September 14, the Big Bug Tour will see 12 giant and intricately-designed … [Read more...] about Giant spider spooks shoppers in Norwich
PUBLISHED: 11:16 05 August 2019 | UPDATED: 11:16 05 August 2019 A giant spider is coming to intu Chapelfield Credit: Supplied by Plain Speaking Agency Archant Arachnophobes beware as a giant spider will be crawling into the city this weekend so make sure you don't get caught in its web. Arachnobot, the world's first giant spider puppet, will be going on an eight-legged walkabout around intu Chapelfield shopping centre and Chapelfield Plain on Saturday, August 10.The four-metre tall spider will appear at four times for 20 minutes across the day with the chance for brave shoppers to meet the gangly creature at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. You may also want to watch: Sheridan Smith, marketing manager at intu Chapelfield says; "This August and September we're celebrating everything that's mesmerising about nature's tiniest creatures, but in a very big way! READ MORE: Revealed: Future plans for former Mercy nightclub"This visit from Arachnobot, the mesmerising four-metre tall spider, is a … [Read more...] about A giant spider is coming to Norwich this weekend
Researchers studying interactions between predators and their prey in the Amazon rainforest spotted one encounter with a giant spider that'll leave arachnophobes trembling. Scientists stumbled upon a tarantula "the size of a dinner plate" dragging away an opossum for its own supper — and later discovered it was the first such documentation in recorded history, according to a press release. A group of University of Michigan-led biologists were documenting Amazonian arthropod predators — mostly large spiders, centipedes and a giant water bug — preying on frogs, lizards and snakes near the Andes foothills in Peru when they "heard some scrabbling in the leaf litter" and came across the nightmarish eight-legged creature. "We looked over and we saw a large tarantula on top of an opossum," researcher Michael Grundler said. "The opossum had already been grasped by the tarantula and was still struggling weakly at that point, but after about 30 seconds it stopped … [Read more...] about Giant spider drags away, eats opossum in Amazon rainforest
ARACHNOPHOBES, look away now: a series of terrifying photos showing giant spiders devouring their prey have been revealed. A team of biologists ventured deep into the Amazon rainforest to snap the eight-legged critters during dinnertime – and caught spiders chomping on frogs, lizards and mice. One photo even shows a "dinner plate-sized" tarantula dragging an opossum across the forest floor. The snaps were captured by biologists from the University of Michigan, and published in the Amphibian & Reptile Conservation journal. Researchers aimed to capture interactions between arthropods (segmented invertebrates like spiders and scorpions) and small vertebrates. And during the expedition, plenty of gruesome spider feasting sessions were caught on camera. "This is an underappreciated source of mortality among vertebrates," said Daniel Rabosky, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Michigan. "A surprising amount of death of small vertebrates in the Amazon is likely due to … [Read more...] about Disgusting photos of GIANT spiders caught eating frogs, lizards and mice revealed – do you dare look?
SeaWorld put out a stunning video last week of a Japanese spider crab (Macrocheira kaempferi) cracking open its outer shell and seeming to clamber out of itself. The molting process captured in the video out of San Diego is natural. As NOAA Fisheries explains on its website, crabs cannot grow linearly like humans and other soft-skinned creatures. Instead, they periodically bust out of their confining shells and undergo growth spurts, before settling into their new shells. [A Gallery of Creatures That Molt] To pull off this trick, the crab secretes enzymes that separate its inner body from the hard shell, and then it develops a "paper-thin" new shell underneath. This can take weeks, NOAA Fisheries writes. And when it's done, the crab gets ready to move out of its now too-small shell. To pull off that trick, the crab absorbs seawater to swell the spaces in its shell, causing it to start to fall apart. Eventually, the old shell opens up at a seam around the main body, and the crab … [Read more...] about Watch a Giant Spider Crab Bust Out of Its Own Shell in Wild Time-Lapse Video