• Maia and the spiders in the evening
    Maia and the spiders in the evening
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj spiderly relating to or resembling a member of the class Arachnida
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The spinnerets of a spider The spinnerets of a spider
A long-legged spider A long-legged spider
A running spider A running spider
A female running spider A female running spider
Spider and its web Spider and its web
The triangle spider The triangle spider


  • Edwin Way Teale
    Edwin Way Teale
    “The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider web.”
  • Charles Churchill
    Charles Churchill
    “Half-starved spiders prey'd on half-starved flies.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.”
  • John Keats
    “It appears to me that almost any man may like the spider spin from his own inwards his own airy citadel.”
  • Anacharsis
    “Written laws are like spider's webs; they will catch, it is true, the weak and the poor, but would be torn in pieces by the rich and powerful.”
  • Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
    “A pretty little collection of weaknesses and a terror of spiders are our indispensable stock-in-trade with the men.”


In literature:

How any woman with true womanly instincts could tolerate such a spider was more than he could understand.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
On its hearth sits a large iron kettle, spider, and griddle, relics of an earlier day.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
Above the superstructure a confusion of spider bridges, ladders and balconies were laced like a metal network.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
Now let us consider the place of the spider in our social life.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, August 11, 1920" by Various
In the dreary monotony of this dreariest of sieges a spider would be an event.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
Then God praised the spider for speaking the truth, and condemned the hornet for telling lies and hating her neighbours without a cause.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
The lace about the throat and arms could only have been spun by fairy spiders.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
Leonard ran his hands through the chill, warm sand, and watched a huge black spider promenading with bustling importance up his arm.
"Four Days" by Hetty Hemenway
Death and the spider and the spider's daughter.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)" by Sir James George Frazer
Bring on your spider!
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens

In poetry:

Neglected now is the old guitar
And moldering into decay;
Fretted with many a rift and scar
That the dull dust hides away,
While the spider spins a silver star
In its silent lips to-day.
"The Old Guitar" by James Whitcomb Riley
I do not love thee for that fair
Rich fan of thy most curious hair;
Though the wires thereof be drawn
Finer than threads of lawn,
And are softer than the leaves
On which the subtle spider weaves.
"The Compliment" by Thomas Carew
The Spider said good-morning, and pursued his way alone,
And as he went he murmured, in a thoughtful undertone:
"I'm a happy little Spider, and I'm very glad indeed,
That I was born an octoped and not a centipede!"
"The Two Friends" by Carolyn Wells
But, ah! no willing mourner here
Attends to tell the tale of woe:
Why is yon statue prostrate thrown?
Why has the grass green'd o'er the stone?
Why, 'gainst the spider'd casement drear,
So sullen seems the wind to blow?
"Lines Written At Fredensborg" by Sir John Carr
Thou wilt not trust th' Almighty One
With His own thunders—thou wouldst throw
The bolts of heaven!—O senseless son
Of dust and darkness!—Spider! go,
And with thy cobweb bind the tide,
And the swift, dazzling comet guide.
"Persecution" by John Bowring
I seized a pen, in angry haste,
And, with a curse, the creature chased
From off the map, then looked, and cursed some more.
But 'round the corner of the pot
The spider peered and said, "What rot!
I don't see what you've got to curse me for!
"The Insect" by C J Dennis

In news:

Courtesy Kristy Lemerand This northern black widow spider was found outside a home in Escanaba.
Blackwidow 75x56 Black Widow Spider Bites and Your Pet blackwidow .
Black Widow Spider Bites and Your Pet.
Cave-Dwelling Spider Stuns Scientists.
The spider living in the bike seat has finally spun.
Spider's detachable penis finishes without him.
Spider venom shows promise for treating erectile dysfunction.
A toxin synthesized from the venom of a spider may offer an alternative to today's erectile dysfunction drugs, a new study suggests.
The spider built to celebrate the company's 80th anniversary is Alfa Romeo's guest at Villa Erba.
The company presented the eyewear created especially for the release of "The Amazing Spider-Man" in 3D More.
SAN ANTONIO — The discovery of a rare spider not seen in more than three decades has halted a San Antonio highway construction project indefinitely.
James Franco, star of "Milk" and "Spider-Man," has been accepted to Yale, his manager Miles Levy told the News, but it is not yet confirmed that he will be attending.
Richmond's Doug Howell takes down Rhode Island's Billy Morgan during the Spiders' shutout.
Cast members from Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark perform at Terminal 8 at John F Kennedy International Airport , as part of American Airlines' JFK concert series, Sept 7 at 2:30 PM and 3:15 PM.
Orbweaver describes a common group of spiders.

In science:

Upper bound on the probability of confinement In this section we want to deduce an upper estimate for the probability of confinement of a spider on a finite interval.
Spiders in random environment
Case κ/N > 1 This section is devoted to the proof of the positiveness of the speed of a spider when κ/N > 1.
Spiders in random environment
Fix a couple (N , L) and let x0 ∈ L be an initial configuration of the spider.
Spiders in random environment
As the spider is transient to the right, we have also n → ∞ P-a.s.
Spiders in random environment
Case κ/N < 1 In this last section, we show that if κ/N < 1, the speed of a spider is null.
Spiders in random environment