Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ten fascinating facts about Spiders

If you ask me which critters are better looking: the South American tarantulas or the Falling Sky's critters, I would definitely choose tarantula.

You may disagree with me and I can't really blame you because most people would not welcome spiders in their homes. But put aside their scary reputation, spiders are actually one of the most useful and friendly critters on earth. Here, take a look at this and let's appreciate the fascinating fact about them:

KSR spider
Kasih Sayang Resort spider, Kota Kinabalu. Taken with Nikkor DX lens 18-200mm
Focal length 200mm | f/5.6 | ISO-200 | 1/125s |

  1. The word “spider” comes from the Old English word “spinnan” which means “to spin.” Not sure if they spend their spare time spinning though.

  2. Spiders are not insects. They are arachnids. Insects have three body sections and six legs; spiders have two body sections and eight legs.

  3. Despite the fact that most spiders have 6 to 8 pairs of eyes, their eyesight is very poor. They use the fine hairs on their bodies to sense movement and signal when they should run or attack.

  4. Most spiders live for less than six months, but the female tarantula can live up to 25 years!

  5. Spiders digest their food before they eat it! They inject digestive enzymes into their prey which turns the captured critter into liquid and allows the spider to suck up the mush through a special “straw.”

  6. Each year, spiders eat so many insects that the combined weight of their pray exceeds the weight of the entire global population of humans.

  7. Despite its scary appearance, the tarantula is no more poisonous than a bee sting.

  8. The spider’s web is made out of protein. When it’s time to spin a new web, the spider will eat the old web.

  9. The golden spider spins silk that is as strong as a steel wire of the same size.

  10. The black widow’s venom is 15 times more powerful than the venom of the diamondback rattlesnake.  However, because only a tiny amount is injected when she bites, very few people die from the black widow spider’s bite.

Oh, and if you live in the UK, you are lucky. The UK tops the list of countries whose populations most fears spiders! Half of all women and one in five men have an aversion to spiders.


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rainfield61 said...

Spiders offer good pictures.

They are one of my favourites.

smilla4blogs said...

Wonderful post! I've never minded spiders, they and their webs are fascinating subjects to photograph!