Beautiful Spider Pictures and Fun Facts

Updated on October 19, 2017
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Gable Rhoads has an AD in radiography. She is passionate about her family, animals, gardening, and the odd and unusual.

Please Don't Kill Me!

A large hogna wolf spider's eyes.
A large hogna wolf spider's eyes. | Source

Spiders Are Beautiful

Spiders, with all their colors and intricate webs are under-appreciated. Without them, the world would be overrun with pests.

People mistakenly think all arachnids are spiders. Arachnids include ticks, mites, and scorpions. Spiders belong to a special sub-group called Araneae.

The next time you see one in your house, don't squish it! Take it outside and do nature (and us) a favor. Think how many other creepy-crawlies she will eat.

I like spiders, but I am not an expert on them. If anyone knows what kind of spiders the unidentified ones are, leave me a comment.

Oompa the dewdrop-sized jumping spider patiently waits for something tasty to land on her flower.
Oompa the dewdrop-sized jumping spider patiently waits for something tasty to land on her flower. | Source
You are Mine.. Only Mine!
You are Mine.. Only Mine! | Source

Fun Spider Facts

  • Spiders are not insects. Insects have 6 legs, spiders have 8.
  • Strand for strand, spider silk is as strong as steel. Too bad we can't harness it for use in buildings.
  • There are more than 40,000 types of spiders in the world.

Crab Spider on lavender flowers.
Crab Spider on lavender flowers.
Segestria florentina in Oza dos Ríos, Galicia, Spain.
Segestria florentina in Oza dos Ríos, Galicia, Spain. | Source
  • The Giant Huntsman spider's leg span can reach one foot across!
  • Not all spider web silk is sticky. Some spider silk is dry.
  • Spiders eat one insect every other day.

European garden spider (Araneus diadematus).
European garden spider (Araneus diadematus). | Source
Pseudophrys lanigera / Euophrys lanigera.
Pseudophrys lanigera / Euophrys lanigera. | Source
  • Spiders eat more insects than all other animals in the world combined.
  • Most spiders only live a year or two, but the female bird eating tarantula can live as long as 20 years.
  • Spider silk is the strongest natural fiber.
  • Spiders have oily feet which keep them from sticking to their webs.

A cute Jumping Spider (Salticidae) found hugging its catch.
A cute Jumping Spider (Salticidae) found hugging its catch. | Source
  • Trapdoor spiders live underground and catch their prey by building "trapdoors" out of dirt and silk. When an insect crosses the trapdoor, they fall into the hole and are eaten.
  • If you see a spider lying on its back, don't touch it! It may not be dead. Spiders need to shed their outer skin, called an exoskeleton, in order to grow. Some spiders lie on their backs when they are ready to shed.

Maratus pavonis
Maratus pavonis | Source

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Crab spider (Xysticus sp.) lurking on Marsh Cranesbill
Crab spider (Xysticus sp.) lurking on Marsh Cranesbill | Source
Orb Weaver and Moon
Orb Weaver and Moon | Source

More Fun Spider Facts

  • All but one family of spiders are venomous. Only a handful of these venomous spiders are deadly to man.
  • Not all spiders spin webs, but all spiders produce silk. Some species use the silk to line their nests.
  • Spiders can have eight, six, four, two, or even no eyes at all.

Orb Weaver of the Dunes (Argiope floridana).
Orb Weaver of the Dunes (Argiope floridana). | Source
Spider with fangs. In Mecufi district of Mozambique, close to the sea coast.
Spider with fangs. In Mecufi district of Mozambique, close to the sea coast. | Source
  • Cats and horses are severely affected by black widow venom, dogs not as much. Sheep and rabbits are not affected at all!
  • Spider silk is made of protein.

 Eresus sandaliatus. A male spider tries to pick up the scent of a female with organs on his legs.
Eresus sandaliatus. A male spider tries to pick up the scent of a female with organs on his legs. | Source
  • Some human cultures eat cooked tarantulas.
  • Female spiders of most species are less venomous than male spiders.
  • How is a spider different from other arachnids? They are different because of their waistline! Spiders have a tiny waist separating the thorax from the abdomen.

Eyes of Jumping spider - Marpissa radiata.
Eyes of Jumping spider - Marpissa radiata. | Source
Yellow Spider
Yellow Spider | Source
Opo Terser (Thomas Shahan)
Opo Terser (Thomas Shahan) | Source

All Done

I hope you appreciated the pictures as much as I did. If you have a spider hub, send me a link and we can connect. Thanks for stopping by!

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        Sondra Slater 2 months ago

        I spend @ least 2 to 3 hours a day looking for spiders, I find a lot alive, the others I find are dead.

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        Gable Rhoads 5 years ago from North Dakota

        Shaddie, it is the Bagheera kiplingi , a species of jumping spider. :)

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        Shaddie 5 years ago from Washington state

        I love this hub. Spiders need more love! I am curious about one fact you included here though - what family of spiders is not venomous? I think I heard of this at one point (pollen eaters, or something) but I can't seem to relocate that article or find any snippets of it on Google. Is this a real thing?

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        Gable Rhoads 5 years ago from North Dakota

        Angel Rios,

        How interesting! Thank you for visiting. :)

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        Angel Rios 5 years ago

        Amazing. I just end up on this site while searching the origin of my family name. Which originated in this village in Spain. Fascinated by these little guys. But I still keep my distance. Good hub.

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        Gable Rhoads 5 years ago from North Dakota

        Sheri,

        I do draw the line at flies and mosquitoes. They can die. :)

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        Sheri Dusseault 5 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

        Cool. I am facinated by bugs. And I would never kill them. I figure whatever lifeforce animates them animates me. Thanks!

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        Ken Taub 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Very cool, very unique Hub Gable. Great photos. We like girls who like spiders! cheers, Ken

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