This guide can help you identify some of our strange and wonderful spiders. It also explains a few of their intriguing habits.
Meet the movie star spider!
Meet a South African migrant that can have people wondering if they have a property infested with katipo spiders.
'I've found a huge, hairy spider in my bathroom - is it dangerous?' is a common beginning to many phone calls made to Te Papa's entomology department.
Find out about the huntsman spider from Christchurch.
Is this spider really the most dangerous spider in the entire world?
Spiders that look before they leap!
Most New Zealanders are surprised to learn how small and shy the katipo really is.
Find out about New Zealand's only protected species of spider.
Have you ever noticed those strange webs on roadside gorse bushes? Did you know there is a spider that walks on water?
The classic cartwheel-shaped web arguably symboolises spiders more than any other design. Find out more about the spiders that weave these intricate snares.
This Aussie immigrant is perhaps one of the most bizarre looking spiders to become established here.
If you are a tramper, chances are you have seen the sometimes very large webs of these spiders. But have you ever seen the spider that made them?
While most spiders are content to eat anything they catch, there are some, such as the slater spider, that have a more exclusive palette.
Meet some fast moving hunters that seem to be equally at home in gardens and forests.
These spiders are often blamed for rather nasty festering wounds that may take a long time to heal, but are these stories true?
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