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Amazing Spiders: Strange, Interesting, and Scary Facts

Linda Crampton is a writer and teacher with an honors degree in biology. She loves to study nature and write about living things.

Fascinating Creatures

Spiders are fascinating animals. People seem to have a "love them or hate them" attitude towards the creatures. Their long, scurrying legs and the potentially dangerous bites of some spiders may scare people. On the other hand, it's interesting to watch the animals build their web or hunt for food. In addition, the silk that they produce is a wonder of nature, and their ability to destroy harmful insects is very useful.

Spiders are hunters and help us by feeding on some of the insects that damage crops, harm animals, and cause disease. They produce several types of silk, an amazingly strong substance that has potentially important applications. While it's true that some spiders are venomous and may even be deadly, researchers are discovering that the venom of certain species may have medical or agricultural uses.

According to Guinness World Records, spiders range in size from the tiny Patu marplesi, which is about 0.43 mm (0.017 inches) in length, to the goliath birdeater, which may have a legspan of up to 28 cm (11 inches). There is some controversy about the latter accolade, however. The giant huntsman spider reportedly has a legspan of up to 30 cm (12 inches).

Spiders are often attractive creatures. This is Habronattus amicus.

Spiders are often attractive creatures. This is Habronattus amicus.

Some reports say that camel spiders are gigantic animals. The animals aren't spiders, despite their name, though they are related to the animals. They are said to have a maximum length of only six inches. Claims that huge specimens have been found are unsubstantiated. Some of the photos of the animals are misleading with respect to their size.

Parts of a Spider's Body

1= legs, 2 = cephalothorax , 3 = abdomen; a narrow pedicel connects the cephalothorax and the abdomen

1= legs, 2 = cephalothorax , 3 = abdomen; a narrow pedicel connects the cephalothorax and the abdomen

The two projections around the mouth of a spider are called pedipalps. They are sensory and manipulatory structures that are also involved in reproduction.

Differences Between Spiders and Insects

Spiders belong to the phylum Arthropoda, the class Arachnida, and the order Araneae. Camel spiders are also classified in the class Arachnida, but they belong to the order Solifugae. The study of arachnids is known as arachnology. A person who studies the animals is known as an arachnologist.

Spiders and insects belong to the same phylum (the Arthropoda) but to different classes. Some major differences between the two kinds of arthropods are listed below.

  • Spiders have eight legs while insects have six.
  • Spiders have two body parts (cephalothorax and abdomen) while insects have three (head, thorax, and abdomen).
  • Insects have compound eyes and simple ones.
  • Spiders have only simple eyes.
  • Unlike insects, spiders have no antennae.
Phidippus putnami is a type of jumping spider. This is a male.

Phidippus putnami is a type of jumping spider. This is a male.

Arachnids and the Story of Arachne

The word "arachnid" comes from the Ancient Greek myth about Arachne, a girl who loved to weave and was famous for her skill. She boasted that she could create better fabric than Athena, the goddess of wisdom. Athena was furious with this claim.

Athena and Arachne competed in a weaving contest. Although Arachne created a beautiful fabric, the fabric created by the goddess was even better. Arachne fell into a state of deep despair and no longer wanted to live. Out of pity, the goddess turned her into a spider so that she could continue to weave.

Facts About a Spider's Body

  • Spiders have light blue blood. Technically, the fluid in the animal's circulatory system is called hemolymph, not blood.
  • Human blood contains a pigment called hemoglobin that transports oxygen around the body. Hemoglobin contains iron and is red when it's attached to oxygen. Spiders have hemocyanin instead of hemoglobin. Hemocyanin contains copper instead of iron and is blue when it's attached to oxygen.
  • Hemoglobin is present inside our red blood cells. Hemocyanin is located in the liquid part of a spider's hemolymph.
  • A spider's heart is tubular and is located on the back of its abdomen.
  • Spiders have an open circulatory system. They do have some hemolymph vessels, but in most of the body the hemolymph surrounds the organs instead of being confined to vessels.
  • Pressure created by moving hemolymph helps spiders to move their legs and also helps them to shed their outer layer (the exoskeleton) during molting.
  • Some spiders use book lungs to breathe, some use tracheae, and some use both systems.
  • A book lung is located in a cavity that has an opening connecting it to the outside world. The lung consists of layers or sheets of tissue that contain hemolymph. Oxygen passes into the sheets to be distributed around the spider's body. Carbon dioxide waste moves in the opposite direction.
  • Tracheae are tubes that transport air from openings on the surface of the spider through its body.
  • Spiders eat liquid food. They secrete digestive enzymes into their food to liquefy it before they swallow it.
A male jumping spider (Phidippus audax)

A male jumping spider (Phidippus audax)

Jumping spiders are often beautiful. They are small animals that have two unusually large eyes and good vision. They are excellent hunters and leap onto their prey. The arachnids belong to the family Salticidae.

Silk Production and Properties

Spiders are famous for their ability to produce silk. The animals have two or three pairs of spinnerets on the underside of their abdomen. Each spinneret contains spigots that release liquid silk from a special gland. The liquid contains silk proteins that are dissolved in water. The silk solidifies immediately after it leaves a spinneret.

Spider silk has some interesting characteristics. It's five times stronger than a steel wire of the same diameter. It's also very elastic. A strand of the type of silk that is used to capture prey can be stretched to two to four times its original length without breaking.

A photo of a male striped lynx spider that shows the enlarged pedipalps at the front of the animal

A photo of a male striped lynx spider that shows the enlarged pedipalps at the front of the animal

Uses of Silk in Nature

Several types of silk exist, each having slightly different properties from the others. The material has essential functions in the life of a spider. The arachnids use silk to:

  • build a sticky web to trap prey (if the species makes a web)
  • make a dragline to connect the spider to its web
  • wrap up prey so that it can't escape
  • make shelters
  • make a sperm web or bed (on which the male deposits his sperm before picking it up with his pedipalps to insert into a female's sperm receptacle)
  • make egg sacs

In addition, young spiders that have recently hatched, or spiderlings, use silk to help them move to a new habitat. The spiderlings climb to the top of a high object, stick the end of their abdomen into the air, and release one or more strands of silk from their spinnerets. The silk is often caught by air currents, enabling the spiderlings to drift to a new habitat. The process is known as ballooning.

The beautiful pattern of a spider web

The beautiful pattern of a spider web

Researchers are hoping to eventually make artificial spider silk. In order to do this, they need to learn more about the production of the natural substance.

Human Use of the Silk

Humans have been fascinated by the strength and elasticity of spider silk for a long time. The material has been used in a minor way as a fishing line or fishing net and as a wound dressing. It's also been used in the crosshairs of microscopes and other optical instruments. The problem is that a single spider produces only a small amount of silk, which has prevented large-scale applications for the material.

In 2010, scientists in the United States found a way to incorporate the genes for making dragline silk (the strongest kind) into goats. The goats produced the material in their milk. The silk didn't have all the properties of the material made by spiders, however.

In the rest of the article, I describe some facts about specific types of spiders. The video below shows a trapdoor spider catching its prey. The action begins at about the 1:49 mark. The wait is well worthwhile since the arachnid captures more than one beetle.

An Interesting Hunting Mechanism

Trapdoor spiders build burrows that they line with silk. They also construct a trapdoor for their burrow. The door is made of a combination of plant material, soil, and silk and resembles cork in appearance. It's attached to the burrow by a silken hinge. When the door is closed, the arachnid's burrow is camouflaged.

The spider creates lines of silk radiating from the outside of its trapdoor, which act as trip lines. It waits in its burrow, holding on to the closed door with its claws, until it feels vibrations created by an animal disturbing the trip lines. The spider then leaps out of the burrow and grabs its prey.

A spider thought to be Thwaitesia argentiopunctata, according to the Australian Museum

A spider thought to be Thwaitesia argentiopunctata, according to the Australian Museum

Mirror Spiders or Thwaitesia spp.

Mirror spiders belong to the genus Thwaitesia and live in tropical climates. They are beautiful arachnids that have shiny, silver patches on their abdomen. The patches have a coloured border and remind people of mirrors, which gives the animals their name. The animals are also known as sequined spiders. In at least some species, the sizes of the shiny patches varies according to the spider's "mood".

Nicky Bay is a macro photographer who has taken some wonderful photos of mirror spiders. He's observed that the silver patches on the arachnids shrink when the animals appear to be agitated or threatened. When the spiders relax, the patches expand and cover almost the whole abdomen, producing a reflective and beautiful surface.

Another mirror spider showing the silver patches on its abdomen

Another mirror spider showing the silver patches on its abdomen

Diving Bell or Water Spiders

The diving bell spider, or Argyroneta aquatica, is the only spider that is known to spend its whole life underwater. Like its relatives, it breathes air. It makes a bell from silk and fills it with air that it traps on the hairs of its abdomen and legs when it visits the water surface.

The females spend most of their life inside their bell. They take their prey to the bell to digest it. They also molt, mate, and lay their eggs inside the bell. Males build a diving bell, too, but they don't spend as much time inside it. In addition, their construction is smaller than the female's.

Diving bell spiders live underwater; the female is on the left and the male is on the right

Diving bell spiders live underwater; the female is on the left and the male is on the right

The Venom: A Neurotoxin or a Cytotoxin

Almost all spiders produce venom to subdue their prey, but only some make a venom that is dangerous to humans. All spiders have fangs, too, but many of these fangs are too weak to penetrate human skin.

The venom is released from the animal's venom gland and sent down a duct in a fang. A hole at the tip of the fang releases the venom as the arachnid bites. The substance is a neurotoxin, which damages nerves, or a cytotoxin, which destroys cells. Cytotoxic venoms are also called necrotic ones.

Two venomous spiders of interest are the Brazilian wandering spider and the black widow. Both produce neurotoxins. The brown recluse spider produces a cytotoxin. All three animals are found in North America.

A Brazilian wandering spider; please note that it's not safe to have this animal on the skin!

A Brazilian wandering spider; please note that it's not safe to have this animal on the skin!

The Brazilian Wandering Spider

The Brazilian wandering spider (genus Phoneutria) is often considered to be the most venomous spider in the world. An antivenom to fight the harmful effects of the animal's bite is available, however. The effects are sometimes relatively mild, but the venom has the potential to cause serious symptoms.

The spider is native to South America but has been found in Central America as well as the United States. It doesn't build a web. Instead, it patrols the jungle floor at night as it looks for food. During the day, it hides in a secluded place, such as under a log or a rock or inside a termite mound. It also has the habit of hiding in banana plants, which gives it the alternate name of banana spider. Unfortunately, the animal may enter homes and hide in clothing or shoes.

The animal's bite can be very painful. The venom is a neurotoxin that interferes with the action of calcium in the body. Calcium is needed for muscle contraction. If enough venom is injected or if the antivenom isn't obtained quickly, the venom can cause paralysis and stop the breathing process.

The Brazilian wandering spider has the nickname "Viagra spider". It's venom is being studied in relation to impotence problems. Unfortunately, the effects of the venom in this respect can be painful and last for hours. In tiny quantities, however, the substance or a synthetic derivative might one day be useful when prescribed by a doctor in the correct dose.

The ventral (under) surface of a female black widow spider who is close to laying eggs

The ventral (under) surface of a female black widow spider who is close to laying eggs

The Black Widow

Widow spiders belong to the genus Latrodectus. The animals were given their common name because researchers noticed that the females of some species ate the male after mating. Widow spiders live in many different countries. Black widows are found in parts of the United States and Canada.

The female black widow has a red or orange, hourglass-shaped area on the underside of her abdomen, as shown in the photo above. The spider's venom contains a toxin called latrotoxin. The female's venom is much more potent than the male's.

A female black widow spider as she spins her web

A female black widow spider as she spins her web

Venom Effects

The bite of a black widow spider can cause lactrodectism. Symptoms may include stomach cramps, muscle pain and spasms, headache, nausea, vomiting, sweating, and a rapid heartbeat. The symptoms may last from several days to several weeks.

Black widow spiders aren't aggressive and bite in self defence. Sometimes humans are bitten when they disturb the spider's habitat without noticing the animal's presence, however. The bite may send venom into the victim's bloodstream. Even dangerous spiders can give "dry" bites (ones in which little or or no venom is released), though.

The death rate from black widow bites is very low, but it isn't zero. Someone who is bitten by the animal needs to get medical help right away in order to treat any symptoms that appear and prevent the development of serious effects.

A brown recluse with its violin-shaped mark

A brown recluse with its violin-shaped mark

The Brown Recluse

The brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa) ranges from dark yellow to brown in colour. There is a dark brown, violin-shaped mark on the back of its cephalothorax. The narrow neck of the violin points towards the animal's abdomen. This feature can't be used to definitively identify the animal because other spiders also bear the mark. The mark combined with the unusual eyes does identify the species, however. The spider has three pairs of eyes. One pair is located in the centre of the back of the head and the other two are located on either side of the central one. Most spiders have eight eyes instead of six.

Like black widows, brown recluse spiders are shy animals. They may bite if they are disturbed, however. Often the bite causes no serious problems, but sometime necrosis, or tissue death, occurs. Death from the bite is very rare but does occur. Medical aid should always be sought after a brown recluse bite.

Making Observations

About 40,000 species of spiders have been discovered and named. There are probably many more that haven't yet been found. They live in many different habitats and are widespread around the world. Though their basic features are the same, the different species have unique and interesting characteristics.

I'm always happy when I find a spider to observe. I think that the creatures are fascinating animals that are worth studying. I'm lucky that there are no dangerous species living near my home, though. If there were, I might not be so eager to watch them.

References

© 2013 Linda Crampton

Comments

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 02, 2019:

I think so too, Jonathan.

Jonathan on June 02, 2019:

Spiders are cool

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 01, 2018:

Thank you, bob25.

bob25 on February 01, 2018:

cool !!!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 05, 2018:

Thank you very much, Abigail.

Abigail on January 05, 2018:

WOW!!! I love your spider facts and pictures!!!!!!!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on October 22, 2016:

Good luck with your paper, jellybean. I hope the shaking stops soon. I hope you find your research interesting, too, even though it's about spiders!

jellybean on October 22, 2016:

i am literally shaking right now. but i have to write a paper on spiders.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 10, 2015:

I agree, Lipnancy. I've watched the process and it's fascinating! Thanks for the visit and the comment.

Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on September 10, 2015:

Did you ever have a moment just to sit and watch a spider spin a web? It is truly amazing.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 10, 2015:

Thank you very much for the comment and for sharing the interesting information, Hui.

Hui (蕙) on September 10, 2015:

What great knowledge about an animal! Spiders are facinating creatures, they are not insects, as many of us think. They eat harmful insects to humans. According to an estimate, the weight of insects eaten by spiders in one year is greater than the total weight of all humans in British. Then, it would be impossible for us to live in the world if it is not benefited from such an insect-eater.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 10, 2015:

Thank you very much, Au fait. I appreciate your visit.

C E Clark from North Texas on September 10, 2015:

Congratulations still again for getting HOTD!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 10, 2015:

Hi, Express10. Thank you for the comment. I'm well aware that if I lived in an area with a lot of poisonous spiders I wouldn't be happy to discover one, either!

H C Palting from East Coast on September 10, 2015:

This is a very informative hub that I enjoyed reading. But I probably will still be frightened if I see a spider around the house :)

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 10, 2015:

Thank you very much for the comment, Java Sanghita. I'm happy to meet you!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 10, 2015:

Thanks again, Kristen. I hope your Internet problems are solved soon!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 10, 2015:

Thanks, Thelma! I appreciate your lovely comment very much.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 10, 2015:

I'm very sorry about the spider bite that you and your dog experienced, Mary. I'm lucky where I live because I don't encounter poisonous spiders. I'm sure that I would feel differently about the animals if I did! Thanks for the congratulations.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 10, 2015:

Thank you so much for the comment and the congratulations, Patricia. I like to watch individual spiders, but seeing a lot of them as you do in Florida would be a bit too much for me! I appreciate the angels that you have sent a great deal.

Sanghita Chatterjee from Kolkata on September 10, 2015:

This is an amazing hub! I'm scared to death of spiders.

Very, well researched, interesting piece , Linda!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 10, 2015:

Thanks, Kristen. I always appreciate your visits!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 10, 2015:

Thank you very much for the kind comment, Peg! I appreciate your visit.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 10, 2015:

Hi, Readmikenow. Yes, most spiders are safe to watch. There are some that I would prefer to avoid, though! Thanks for the visit.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on September 10, 2015:

Congrats on HOTD Alicia. This was a real interesting hub about spiders with lots of facts. (I apologize if I was re-posted my comment--having Internet issues lately.)

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on September 10, 2015:

Congratulations on the HOTD! What an amazing article with loads of informations. Thanks for sharing.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 10, 2015:

Hi, ChitrangadaSharan. Thank you very much for the congratulations! I know that not everyone is fond of spiders, but I think they're very interesting. I like watching the home and garden ones as well as the more exotic kinds.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 10, 2015:

Thank you so much, Flourish! I appreciate your comment and congratulations a great deal.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 10, 2015:

I can't say I am fond of spiders at all, but I found your article to be very informative. Congrats on HOTD!

My dog and I were both bitten by a Wolf Spider during the night and caused considerable pain and expense to us both. (I wrote a Hub about that experience).

I am fascinated by the webs spiders make; I find them quite beautiful.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on September 10, 2015:

I do like to view spiders sometimes up close and personal to see their webs or their amazing colors. But I am no fan of them. I do not like them to skulk around my home and living in Florida (even though I am a cleaning nut) there are an abundance of them scurrying here and there and many I do not even see.

Great hub...wonderful photos

Congrats on HOTD a worthy choice!!!

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on September 10, 2015:

Alicia, congrats on HOTD! This was an interesting and factful hub on spiders.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on September 10, 2015:

Great to see your fascinating work make it to the Hub of the Day! Congratulations on an educational and informative article. You make topics like this interesting to read.

Readmikenow on September 10, 2015:

I've never had a problem with spiders. It's been my experience they're not aggressive. I do watch them when I'm in the woods. Good information.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 10, 2015:

Congratulations for HOTD!

A very interesting, well researched and informative hub! Your pictures are beautiful and I was not aware there are so many varieties. Normally we see those that are around in homes or gardens.

Thanks for sharing this informative hub!

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 10, 2015:

I'm back to say CONGRATULATIONS on HOTD! Well deserved. All of your hubs are so well researched and carefully crafted. Excellent job!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 15, 2014:

I like spiders, too. Like you, I find them very interesting! Thank you very much for the comment, Victoria.

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 15, 2014:

I love spiders. They are in fact very interesting and very scary. Lol I thought I knew most everything I could about spiders but I still learned a great deal from your article! Thanks!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 28, 2013:

Thank you very much for the comment and the votes, btrbell! Black widows are interesting spiders.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on November 28, 2013:

Wow! What a great, comprehensive hub! I don't think I have ever read this much or seen so many pictures about them before. I had my first (non threatening) encounter with a black widow this year and it has sparked my interest. Thank you for sharing this! Up, interesting and useful!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 14, 2013:

Thank you for the interesting and informative comment, Jodah. I appreciate it!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on November 14, 2013:

A very interesting and informative hub on spiders Alicia. Where I live in Australia we have quite a large variety of spiders including huntsmen, red backs(your black widow), bird eating spiders, white tail spiders, black house spiders, daddy long legs(everywhere), trap doors, and the most lethal of all Funnel Web.

I am also the spider catcher in the house, because my wife and sons are scared to go near them. I notice you didn't mention the funnel web spider (I think the brown recluse is of the same family) but it has huge fangs for the size of its body and can inflict a painful and deadly bight unless anti venom is administered.

Between the spiders, snakes, scorpions and centipedes we are often kept on alert, especially when it rains a lot and they attempt to come inside where it's dry.Good hub.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on October 11, 2013:

Hi, Kathi. Spiders can certainly be useful! I'm happy that no venomous spiders live near me, though. Thanks for the comment.

Kathi from Saugatuck Michigan on October 11, 2013:

Fascinating article . . . spiders don't bother me like they do some of our other female counterparts. I simply appreciate the fact that they eat mosquitoes or other harmful insects. I'm glad I don't have to worry about the banana spider where I live or the black widow . . .

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on October 05, 2013:

Yes, Spiderman is a very interesting character. He's one of my favorite superheroes, too!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on October 05, 2013:

wow, amazing. i really don't see myself holding or touching one spider.

but I like Spiderman though...of all superheroes. :)

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on October 05, 2013:

Thanks for the visit, unknown spy. I like spiders - even the big ones - as long as I know that they're not dangerous!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on October 05, 2013:

This is interesting and amazing facts. I don't really like spiders though im afraid of them. (scared to the bones) especially the big ones.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 19, 2013:

Thank you very much for the comment, the votes and the share, Crystal! I appreciate them all.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on September 19, 2013:

Well, they are amazing. I just hope they stay amazing while keeping a far, far distance from me! You did a very thorough job here, and kept it interesting. Voting up and awesome and sharing.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 19, 2013:

Thank you for the lovely comment, DDE.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 19, 2013:

Superb hub on amazing spiders Strange, Interesting and Scary Facts, I so enjoyed reading this lot of information, well thought of and you certainly know how to keep a reader's attention.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 18, 2013:

Hi, FlourishAnyway. I agree - it is fascinating to watch spiders build their webs! Thank you for the visit and the comment.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 18, 2013:

Thank you very much, jeffreymaskel! I appreciate your lovely comment.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 18, 2013:

This was a beautiful hub and I learned a lot of new information from it. These little creatures are so complex. Blue blooded? Who knew? Growing up in South Carolina we had large spiders that we called banana spiders everywhere. I got used to their presence there and developed an appreciation for their web making and prey catching skills. It was fascinating to watch them work.

Jeffrey Maskel from Boulder, CO on September 17, 2013:

Amazing article! So well written and packed full of interesting information. Bravo! I'm inspired.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 16, 2013:

Thank you very much for the comment, the vote and the share, Dianna! I appreciate your visit.

Dianna Mendez on September 16, 2013:

I am not fond of spiders, but the ones you feature here are quite pretty. Great article and voted this one up, up (also shared).

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 11, 2013:

Thanks for the comment and the vote, drbj. It's nice to hear from another person who thinks that spiders are fascinating!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on September 11, 2013:

Spiders are amazing creatures, Alicia, and you captured their fascinating looks and abilities with this informative hub. Too bad they are also creepy. I am fascinated by them as well and enjoyed that you included the Golden Orb or Banana Spider whom I once interviewed. ('Interview with Banana Spider').

Voted up, of course.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 10, 2013:

Thank you, Deb. It's interesting to write about spiders. They are fascinating creatures!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on September 10, 2013:

As you know, I adore anything in the natural world. You have included several species that I knew nothing about. Great work as always, Alicia!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 10, 2013:

Thank you very much, Eddy! I appreciate the comment and vote. (I'll keep your secret!)

Eiddwen from Wales on September 10, 2013:

How interesting Alicia; I really enjoyed and learnt a lot from you. Can I share a secret with you? I love all nature's gifts but I am scared of spiders ;all right on here though .

Awesome writing and voted up.

Eddy.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 09, 2013:

Thanks for the visit, Elias. I appreciate your comment!

Elias Zanetti from Athens, Greece on September 09, 2013:

Great and informative hub Alicia. I can't really say that I'm a big fan of spiders :) but they are quite fascinating creatures nevertheless.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 08, 2013:

It was very brave of you to read my hub when you're scared of spiders, Careermommy! Thank you very much for the visit and the comment.

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on September 08, 2013:

AliciaC, this was a very interesting article. I have a spider-phobia so I just had to conquer my fear and find out more about these little creatures. I wasn't brave enough to watch the videos, but you gave me great food for thought!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 08, 2013:

Thanks for the visit, Jasitha pp. Some spiders are dangerous, but most of them aren't.

jasithapp from india on September 08, 2013:

I thought spiders are dangerous and fear but u showed it is useful

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 08, 2013:

Thank you very much for the comment, Bill! I certainly wouldn't let a dangerous spider crawl over my skin, either! Spiders are fascinating animals, though, as you say. As always, I appreciate your comment, the vote and the share very much. I hope you have a great Sunday, too.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on September 08, 2013:

Hi Linda. You never fail to amaze me with your hubs. Your opening photo is just amazing. While I prefer to observe our eight legged friends from a distance I do find spiders fascinating creatures. That Brazilian Wandering Spider won't be crawling on my skin anytime soon :)

Wonderful job. I've been away for a few weeks and am trying to get back into the swing of things. Voted up, shred, pinned, etc.... Have a great Sunday.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 08, 2013:

I'm the official spider remover in my home, too, Cynthia! I always take the spiders outside and never kill them. I can certainly understand people being afraid of dangerous spiders, but it does puzzle me a little when some people are terrified by spiders even when they discover that they're not dangerous. Thanks for the comment!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 08, 2013:

Hi, Suzie. Spiders do seem to provoke a very strong reaction in some people. Calling the fire brigade is an interesting response to seeing one! It's wonderful that you have your mum's paintings. Painting spiders and their webs would take a lot of dedication.

Thank you very much for such a lovely comment and for the votes and the share. I appreciate them all!

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on September 08, 2013:

Fascinating hub on spiders Alicia. Luckily they don't scare me, but that means I have always been 'spider remover in chief'. Here in the UK there are no venomous spiders, so to see grown men who think they are tough gibbering in the corner in terror because of a tiny arachnid can be quite amusing!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on September 08, 2013:

Hi Alicia,

Wow, who knew spiders were so beautiful but they are as you have shown in stunning photos! This was an incredibly interesting piece. I generally fall into the category "not bothered or scared of them" unlike my sister-in-law who is TERRIFIED and I was told was thinking of calling the fire brigade on one occasion!! LOL I was in hysterics as our spiders are not harmful and generally not even that big.

The jumping spiders would not appeal however! My mum was always fascinated by their web and painted them numerous times which I now have, now she has passed away. Thanks for a wonderfully written and presented article. Up, Interesting,Awesome, Interesting, Shared!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 07, 2013:

Hi, Faith. Thank you very much for the lovely comment as well as the vote and the share. Yes, I am lucky not to have dangerous spiders near my home. I would probably feel differently about spiders if I did!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on September 07, 2013:

Oh, my goodness, Alicia! This is a phenomenal hub on spiders. Wow, those photos are amazing, so vivid as to each spider's uniqueness indeed!

Yikes, I am terrified of spiders; however, your hub and photos here really are very beautiful.

There sure are a lot of different spiders. I am glad you do not have any dangerous ones in your area. We sure do! The Brown Recluse is deadly here and there are many around.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

Blessings, Faith Reaper

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 07, 2013:

Thank you very much, Bill! I think that spiders are interesting, and I don't mind their webs at all. I wouldn't want to get too close to the potentially dangerous ones, though!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 07, 2013:

I think they are absolutely fascinating creatures....until I walk face first into one of their webs. LOL

Great facts, Alicia. Really enjoyed this hub.

bill

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