Spider Facts – Amusing Details About These Insects


Spider Facts – Amusing Details About These Insects

Spiders are creepy, crawly, and irritating insects. They not only ruin the look of your homes by building their ghastly cobwebs but also scare the hell out of you. Well, that is the common opinion about spiders. However, if you are an insect lover, or are often amused by these living creatures, we have compiled some very interesting spider facts. Scroll down below to read about some amusing spider facts.

Spider Facts

  • If you think that spiders are insects, you need to know that these are actually arachnids.
  • Spiders belong to the family of mites, ticks, scorpions, and harvestmen.
  • All spiders have eight legs, while insects have only 6. They also do not have antennae as insects have.
  • Spiders reside in every continent across the globe apart from Antarctica. One cannot find a single spider there.
  • There are more than 40,000 species of spiders. Some of them are very dangerous.
  • They create silk with their own saliva and use this to make spider webs to capture their prey.
  • A cobweb is actually an abandoned spider web. A web where the spider captures its prey and is functional goes by the name a spider web.
  • Most spider species are harmless to humans, but there are a few that can bite and inject venom. One such species is the black widow. However, death from spider bites is quite rare.
Spider Facts
Spider Facts

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  • Some people have an abnormal fear of spiders, which gives it the name of ‘arachnophobia.’
  • Most spider species are not dangerous and pose no threat.
  • Tarantulas are the biggest spider kinds. They can kill birds, lizards, and even mice. These, however, are no threat to humans. The largest tarantula spider is the Goliath Birdeater.
  • Giant Huntsman spiders have legs as long as 30 cm.
  • People think that spiders have eight eyes. But the fact is, that most of them have eight, while some have six. Some species have only four eyes.
  • Spiders have silk glands in their abdomen, from which they release a watery gel of long protein chains. This is further funneling down through a tapering tube. As the tube narrows down, they apply more coatings to the watery gel to make it more sticky. It finally emerges through the tiny spigots found on the spider’s spinnerets. This gel becomes solid as it is stretching. Therefore, it is not squeezed out, but rather, it is pulled out by a motor-valve in each spigot. The silk glands manufacture a wide range of fibers, each with different properties. They use it for different tasks such as snare, dragline, egg case, or web support.
  • You can find around 37 known spider species in Britain, out of which only 17 use their webs to capture their prey. Some of these webs are pretty, synchronized like webs of garden spiders. Certain webs are quite entangled and unsightly.
Spider Facts – Amusing Details About These Insects
Spider Facts – Amusing Details About These Insects

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  • Some webs are quite durable and long-lasting. They can last for years and they use it for the succession of different family members. A few of orb webs are more fragile. Only known four spider families in Britain produce it, and can get easily damaged by wind or rain.
  • Some spiders eat their own webs. They believe that abandoning one old web and then building a new one can be a waste. So, some orb-web spinners recycle their amino acids by eating up their old webs. So, they first dismantle their damaged webs. Others simply discard their old and damaged webs and make a new one. A particular American spider species uses its old web to wrap it around its egg sac.
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