10 INTERESTING SPIDER SPECIES
While spiders are the nightmare of some, they can be a pet for others. Why are some, even most of us, so afraid of spiders?
Spiders are multi-legged animals. This makes them very sided. And our brains tend to dislike polygonal objects. Also, the dark colors that adorn spiders remind our brains of bad things. Also; Our eyes are designed to detect rapidly moving objects at the edge of our field of vision, which tend to trigger a fear response [source: Cohen].
We don’t need to protect it from spiders. Because most spiders do not harm people except black widows and brown spiders. Most of them are useful because they feed on other pests found in our home and garden. [Sources: CDC, Waldvogel, and Apperson]
Also, if you overcome your fear and look closely, you’ll realize that some spiders are beautiful. Here are 10 terrifying yet beautiful spider species:
1) Jumping Zebra Spider
The jumping zebra spider has eight eyes arranged in three rows; the main two are extremely large and are used for binocular vision. These spiders are small animals 7 millimeters in diameter. They are not harmful to human beings. They are beneficial since they feed on flies and mosquitoes.
2) Lycosa Tarantula
Lycosa tarantula, also known as the European tarantula, has a huge body that looks pretty scary. Although mostly found in southern Europe, this furry creature, whose body can be 3 centimeters long, is in great demand in Hollywood. But looks can be deceiving. While it is true that Lycosa tarantula can bite a person, its venom has very low toxicity and less frightened individuals can take them as pets. It has also been found that the Lycosa tarantula is not a tarantula (Theraphosidae) but belongs to the wolf spiders’ family (Lycosidae) [source: Burke Museum].
3) Eight Spotted Crab Spider
Platythomisus octomaculatus; This species, whose other name is the eight-spotted crab spider, has a very interesting appearance. It was first discovered in Singapore in 1924. This interesting spider that lives on small tree branches is thought to be endangered by scientists because it disappears from time to time.
4) David Bowie Spider
Named after British rock star David Bowie, this spider has a red-brown body and bright orange furry legs. Because of this feature, it has been compared to David Bowie. This species, which can grow up to 2.5 centimeters, is a very good predator.
5) Bird-Eater Goliath
Now, this might sound rightly scary even to a spider aficionado. Theraphosa blondi, part of the tarantula family found in Venezuela, Guianas, and Brazil, is a true spider giant. The biggest specimen ever caught weighed 175 grams. Despite the name Goliath, which is velvety in appearance and has teeth 20 millimeters long, it rarely feeds on birds. It can only be fed by killing small mammals and frogs.
6) Stick-Branch Spider
Found in India, Southeast Asia, and Australia, the Ariamnes flagellum is one of the most interesting spiders you will ever see if you are not fooled by its ingenious camouflage and notice. With a green belly and thin and tiny legs lined up in a straight line, this spider looks like a leaf of a tree. You can only notice it when it moves. It also draws attention with its web weaving different from traditional spider webs.
7) Long-Horned Weaver Spider
The spiny Macracantha arcuata has a distinctive look, with its enormous antenna-like horns. What exactly my horns do has not yet been discovered, but it may be to look bigger and scary to other predators.
8) Sydney Funnel Web Spider
Here is a spider you should be afraid of. Spiders that weave funnel webs are found in many parts of the world, but the most frightening of these is the Sydney funnel-web spider Atrax robustus, which lives 160 kilometers from Sydney. These creatures have a body of about 35 millimeters in length. These spiders are extremely aggressive and venomous, and their males have very strong teeth. This spider’s bite can be fatal if not treated immediately, so care must be taken.
9) Trap Door Spider
The history of Liphistius Malayanus, which is about 4.5 centimeters wide, goes back to the Carboniferous period. It is also known as the Trap-Door Spider as it camouflages its nest with a trap door made of mud and dirt, connected to six to eight signal wires.
10) Black Widow
We can’t write an article about spooky spiders and leave the black widow out, right? Latrodectus Hesperus, found in temperate regions of the world, has an onion-shaped body and a distinctive hourglass-shaped mark on its abdomen. It is only 38 millimeters long. However, its size is deceiving. The venom of the spider is 15 times stronger than that of a rattlesnake. If it bites you, you may eventually experience muscle pain, nausea, and diaphragmatic paralysis that makes breathing difficult. Black widows are best known for their violent and terrifying mating behavior, in which females kill and eat their mate after mating.