Blogs & Videos: Spiders

Six adorable Halloween animals that will make you re-evaluate your ideas of “scary”

Yes, Halloween's all about things that go bump in the night, but at The Field Museum, we're also all about seeing the beauty (and yes, the cuteness) in the natural world. Here are some of our favorite animals that get a bad rap but are actually pretty gosh-darn adorable. 1. Honduran White Bats

Spiders: The First Web Developers

Out of any creatures in the animal kingdom, spiders seem to have the worst reputation. Their many legs and unpredictable movements elicit a fear response in even the most stoic of individuals. Let's take a moment to put our fear aside and learn more about these global dominators with Dr. Petra Sierwald! Dr. Sierwald is an arachnologist specializing in spiders, scorpions, and millipedes. Check out her profile on The Field Museum's website to learn more about her research: 

2014 REU Intern Anne Gibbons

Hairy legs in the Nursery

ANNE GIBBONS Junior Environmental Studies major at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor REU Mentors: Dr. Petra Sierwald (Curator, Arachnida and Myriapoda, S&E) and Dr. Estevam da Silva (Postdoctoral Researcher, Arachnida and Myriapoda, S&E) Symposium Presentation Title: Fishing around the world: spiders of the genus Dolomedes


New spider reminds us: it's still a big world

It was exciting in recent days to see the news about the discovery of a new family of spiders, in a cave in Oregon. New species are found all the time, especially among the arthropods. But a new family is a big deal. It means that an animal is different in very significant ways from others of its kind, the way owls are different from other birds, or bears from other mammals. And while new families of spiders get do designated from time to time in the course of taxonomic revisions, a new spider family has not been discovered in nature since the 1890s.