The unlikely antidote to the Black Widow Spider bite.

Black Widow Spiders, a horror story writers best friend, are characterised by their creepy, spindly legs, bulbous black body and red skull-like markings. A single bite can send a human into weeks of immense pain, nausea and vomiting.

Unsurprisingly, the hunt for a reliable antidote has been heavily sought after. Surprisingly, Andis Graudins reveals the most reliable cure is actually from the spiders themselves.

Infact, widow spiders actively produce the antivenom to their own bite to prevent self poisoning. The antivenom can then be extracted and used on infected patients.

Andis injected mice with a combination of venom and antivenom and dripped the concoctions onto muscle fibre from a dead chick.

When injected with venom, the muscle fibre twitched violently. The mice became withdrawn for ten minutes before breathing slowed, body tremors begun and finally hours of hind leg paralysis. With the spiders own antivenom however, all effects were prevented

Andis has shown that the widow spider’s bite can be treated with its own antivenom. However, more research is needed due to a string of severe allergic reactions that have prevented its widespread use across the US.

Suicide for sex in spiders, is love really worth it?

In many spider species the female has been observed to eat the male after mating. Scientist Maydianne Andrade tells a bizarre story of male Redback Spiders deliberately somersaulting themselves into the hairy jaws of the spindly legged, bulbous bodied females.

Why would our tiny male, a close relative of the black widow spider, deliberately allow the female to eat him?

Maydianne explains how he doesn’t eat after reaching maturity and so will only live for a few months. Therefore, he normally only mates once in his lifetime and so will do anything in his power to be the father of her offspring.

By providing the female with a hearty, spider shaped meal, the female is far less likely to mate again. Moreover, whilst being eaten alive, his sperm has double the time to fertilize her eggs.

Counterintuitive behavior has been seen before, such as the giving of gifts, but could there be a more bizarre story than redback spiders acrobatically somersaulting themselves to their own death?