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
Four the past four days, an estimated 600,000 people have been chasing a gigantic robotic spider and minotaur around the streets of France’s southwestern city of Toulouse in a massive street theater spectacle. The show, “The Guardian of the Temple,” was conceived and presented by La Machine Compagne, an organization directed by François Delarozière. A native of Toulouse, Delarozière has been building giant robots for a couple of decades and staging similar street performances in other cities. The latest event marks his homecoming as he prepares to open a permanent facility next weekend that will serve as a kind of museum for his creations as well as a workshop and event space called The Hall of the Machine. To celebrate his return, the 4-day Guardian spectacle took over the city center of France’s fourth largest city and its maze-like roads. The story rewrote the original myth to tell the story of Astérion, the minotaur, who is … [Read more...] about Giant robotic spider and minotaur turned streets of Toulouse into massive labyrinth
Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle Published 12:24 pm CDT, Wednesday, October 17, 2018 PHOTOS: The spiders of Texas A large spider was caught on a Fulshear police officer's dashcam footage during a traffic stop last week. The video created an optical illusion that makes the spider appear gigantic.>>> Try to find out which spider it was in the slideshow less PHOTOS: The spiders of Texas A large spider was caught on a Fulshear police officer's dashcam footage during a traffic stop last week. The video created an optical illusion that makes the spider appear ... more Photo: Fulshear Police Department Orb weaver spiderThey may look fearsome but Texans shouldn't fear orb weaving spiders. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, orb weavers may look formidable but aren't considered dangerous and are nonvenomous. They're described as having broad, hard abdomens that are usually … [Read more...] about Giant spider on the prowl! (or so it appears)