Spiders are bigger in the cities

From The Atlantic Cities: “Great news for people who perform LeBron-class vertical leaps when they see a spider: The unnatural environment of cities seems to be inflating these creatures like bulging eight-legged balloons, according to new research. Elizabeth Lowe from the University of Sydney has been monitoring (spiders) around the city as well as the ‘burbs, and has noticed a stark difference in the urban spiders: Compared to their bushland-dwelling cousins, they are bigger, pack on more body fat, and have heavier ovaries. … Lowe believes two things about cities are influencing these critters’ bulk: temperature and an abundance of insects to eat.”