ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Staff at a University of Michigan library temporarily closed the building after three venomous spiders turned up in a basement storage area.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Third graders urging lawmakers to adopt yet another state symbol presented a compelling case Wednesday for a creature that embodies everything from New Hampshire’s “Live Free...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — There are more creepy-crawlies than previously known in Maine.
The Maine Forest Service's newly released Checklist of Maine Spiders identifies 677 different species of...
BOSTON (AP) — Four former eBay Inc. employees have agreed to plead guilty to their roles in a campaign of intimidation that included sending live spiders and cockroaches to the home of a...
Maybe this year's Ig Nobels, the spoof prizes for dubious but humorous scientific achievement, should have been renamed the Ick Nobels.
Six former eBay Inc. employees have been charged with waging an extensive campaign to terrorize and intimidate the editor and publisher of an online newsletter with threats and disturbing...
NEW YORK (AP) — With two pairs of fine-tipped tweezers and the hands of a surgeon, Cheryl Hayashi began dissecting the body of a silver garden spider under her microscope.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A man who says he was bitten by a poisonous spider will get another chance to pin responsibility on an Ann Arbor hotel.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine customs officials were astonished when they opened nicely gift-wrapped boxes of cookies and oatmeal flown in all the way from Poland and found a hair-raising...
ELGIN, Okla. (AP) — Tarantulas have taken refuge in Elgin Middle School.
Yes, those often large, hairy-legged spiders that are straight out of the nightmare of any self-respecting arachnophobe are now calling the school "home."
Fear not, however, as these spiders have instead drawn the fascination of much of the school over the last two academic years since the first one, affectionately named "Mary Todd" after the former first lady, first arrived in the classroom.
OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — The types of venomous spiders residing in Oregon have doubled.
State officials confirm that a brown widow spider — usually found in South Africa, Florida and Southern California — has recently been found living in Oregon City, in the northwestern part of the state.
It's not clear how it arrived or if there are more.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — It's not quite the World Wide Web — but the spiders of Aitoliko in Greece have made a good start.
Spurred into overdrive by an explosion in the populations of insects they eat, thousands of little spiders in the western Greek town have shrouded coastal trees, bushes and low vegetation in thick webs.
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BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman says she found a black widow spider in a package of grapes from the grocery store.
The woman says she bought the organic grapes from a Stop & Shop in Branford on Monday morning, and she and her 11-year-old son were eating the grapes together when they found the spider.
The woman says the venomous spider didn't bite, and the store offered her a full refund. She declined to give her name.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Recent extreme heat and frequent rains have spurred more complaints than usual about venomous black widow spiders in southwestern Indiana.
Entomologists theorize this summer's hot, wet weather may be driving the spiders indoors, sometimes biting residents, the Evansville Courier & Press reported .
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Boat builders in northern Indiana caught a creepy-looking six-inch spider and later released the large arachnid back into the wild.
Workers at Godfrey Marine in Elkhart put the critter in a plastic bag to move it away from their work space.
They later learned the creature is called a fishing spider and is relatively harmless. Its long legs allow the spider to walk across water surfaces.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A spider's silk is as strong as the Kevlar woven into bulletproof vests and more elastic than nylon, making it tougher than any material made by human hands. Generations of scientists have tried to mass produce it and failed.
Amanda Brooks, though, may be close.
Brooks, an assistant professor at North Dakota State University, has developed an intriguing device she thinks will be a big advance in the effort to spin synthetic spider silk and recreate the strong, stretchy fibers.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The general manager of a Portland restaurant has filed a lawsuit against a pest control company after he was bit by a venomous spider.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Wednesday that Scott Clement claims he had asked Ecolab to spray for spiders at McCormick & Schmick's Harborside restaurant for more than a month before he decided to take matters into his own hands.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama fire department is fighting a different kind of battle after two firefighters were bitten by poisonous spiders.
Capt. Frank McKenzie of Huntsville Fire and Rescue tells WHNT-TV that two firefighters working at the department's Station 17 have been bitten by brown recluse spiders.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Hedgehogs dodged the chopping block, but a Virginia county is putting an end to residents adopting a variety of exotic animals as pets.
The Arlington County Board on Tuesday voted to prohibit keeping exotic animals as pets. Existing exotic pets are exempt from the ban, but residents will be required to register them with the local animal welfare league.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thumb-length wasps called tarantula hawks are on display at the insectarium in New Orleans.
They're big, beautiful and placid — except when a female is after a tarantula to feed its young, says Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium curator Zack Lemann.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia area's transit agency is dealing with a spider problem at one station in the city.
KYW-TV (http://cbsloc.al/2utfAKR ) reports the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority has hired an exterminator to battle the bugs that keep dropping down onto waiting passengers at its station in Northern Liberties.
A SEPTA spokesman says that agency has also been cleaning light fixtures where a lot of the spiders have been hiding.
MENDON, Mass. (AP) — A 5-year-old girl is recovering at her home in Massachusetts after being bitten by a black widow spider.
Kristine Donovan says she noticed a bruise on her daughter Kailyn's leg a week ago. The bruise grew larger, which led Donovan to take her daughter to a pediatrician.
Donovan says she eventually ended up taking her daughter to the emergency room after an antibiotics treatment didn't work.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — There's an official dog, an official flower and even an official beverage. But students in a first-grade class in North Carolina think a spider should be in the group of special state symbols.
Students in Patti Evans' class at Dickson Elementary School have gone so far as to craft a bill which Rep. Susan Fisher has sponsored to make the golden silk spider the top arachnid.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A darkling beetle here, a wolf spider there. Is that a camel cricket? No, a Jerusalem cricket.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Matt Moore was poking around the pond dam near his Bulloch County home one night last July when he found something he'd only ever seen before in books.
"I was out with a headlamp looking around for snakes and spiders," said Moore, a self-taught naturalist and a field tech with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. "I shined the light and I saw an ogre-faced spider."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tarantulas are out looking for love, and hikers in Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains are warned to watch out for the hairy spiders.
Tarantula mating season has begun, and it will last through the end of October, the National Park Service said Thursday.
That means the giant arachnids will spend the next two months weaving webs just above ground, outside the female's burrow, the Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/2bWXjyq).