Spiders can be a nightmare for some, and especially those are who are arachnophobia. Research suggests that spiders are ten feet away from you (if you look properly though); they are mostly hiding from you in crevices etc. Spiders prefer to share our nice cosy homes with us especially during winter, and the male spiders leave their nesting areas to our homes to find a new mate.
Nonetheless, spiders are fascinating insects, and there are interesting facts you need to know about spiders.
Spiders come in different shapes and sizes, and they all have their distinct look and characteristics. There are more than thirty thousand different species in the world, and more are yet to be discovered.
However, not all spiders are deadly or bite. A few spiders are venomous, and they are risky to our health. Majority of spiders do not hurt humans, and even if they do, their venom is not potent enough to inflict damage. In addition, spider bites will not turn anyone into Spiderman; their venom has no side effect.
Female spiders eat more than the male spiders, and some species eat the male spider before, during or after mating. In fact, this sexual cannibalism has inspired the name the “Black window” spiders. Moreover, the Maratus Volans also known as the peacock spider dance as part of their mating ritual; the abdomen shines brighter during the ritual. However, if the female is not impressed with the dance, she will attempt to attack, kill, and eat him. Scary, isn’t it?
As unbelievable as it may sound, spider silk is strong, it seems weak and brittle because it is thin. A study shows the silk in a spider’s web is five times stronger than a strand of steel. In addition, the silk is liquid, and it hardens when it comes in contact with air.
Spiders have strange muscles; they can pull their legs inward, but cannot push the legs. To solve this challenge, spiders pump a water liquid into their legs to help them extend the legs out again. It is the reason dead spiders’ legs are curled inwards because there is no watery liquid to retract them.
One of the fascinating things about the spider is their blood, they do not have red blood like we do; spiders have blue blood- and no, I am not referring to royal blood, but literally blue blood. The blood is blue because the molecule that oxygen is bound to contain copper instead of iron, which gives their blood the blue color.
The male spiders like to give presents other than dancing to their prospective partners and loved ones; they wrap the gift in silk and try to “sweet” tall their way into a date with the potential lovers. Nonetheless, some males offer cheap gifts such as scraps of leaves or rejected gifts from past prospective partners.
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