Here are nine little-known reasons why you should be fascinated rather than frightened of spiders.
Having recently completed her PhD on ecological impact on spiders, Lizzy Lowe shares some of her favourite facts about these little wonders.
Spiders from the genus Dolomedes are able to catch and eat small fish.
Photo: M. Nyffeler, BJ Pusey
They really love making and sleeping in cute little silk tents.
The Arkys genus of spiders contains a range of very colourful and oddly shaped spiders that would look at home on any Christmas tree.
Some mother spiders carry their babies around on their backs with them. Warning: closer inspection of this photo may result in a case of the heebie-jeebies.
Photo: Ralph Arvesen
Crab spiders live in flowers and will often camouflage themselves in order to prey upon unsuspecting bees and other pollinators.
Photo credit: Lucarelli
These guys dance, drum and dress fabulously to impress the lady spiders. Peacock spiders are found all over Australia, they may only be small but each species has its own amazing display of colours and drumming pattern that the males use to attract mates.
Photo: Jurgen Otto
Like the ant mimic jumping spider, Salticidae.
The Arkys curtulus avoids detection from prey and predators alike with its unique camouflage resembling bird-droppings.
Photo: Peter Woodard
Since its inception in the eighth and ninth century, the costume festival we know as Halloween has been celebrated in countries around the world. Sydney University experts weigh in on the festival's origins and its rising popularity in Australia.
Biologist Professor Rick Shine has won the 2016 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, while early career researcher Professor Richard Payne has been recognised in the physical sciences category for his medicinal chemistry developments.