Spiders are beyond gross, but they’re still a pretty interesting group of insects. Here are some fun spider facts (even though they probably won’t make you like spiders any more):
- Spiders are some of the most successful creatures on Earth, and have adapted to nearly every habitat imaginable. They play a crucial role in many ecosystems (including keeping the insect population in check—at least they do some good!).
- Spider legs are hydraulic pumps. At least, that’s the case with jumping spiders—who can jack up the fluid pressure in their legs and quickly unload it, jumping up to 50 times their height.
- “Daddy long-legs” aren’t spiders. At least, most of them aren’t—several pests are called that name, such as harvestmen, crane flies, and cellar spiders. But only cellar spiders are actually spiders.
- Spiders can’t see far. Despite having so many eyes, they’re are notoriously nearsighted. This makes sense, because spiders generally spend their lives spinning webs and waiting for company. So they don’t need hawk-like vision.
- There are 40,000 spider species, and all of them are carnivorous—or so we thought. A recent discovery has shown that one jumping spider that lives in the tropics—called Baheera kiplingi, after the panther in The Jungle Book—mostly subsists on a sort of nutritious bud that grows from acacia plants.
- Spiders can lay up to 3,000 eggs at once. Females protect their eggs with silk sacs.
- All spiders make silk—all 40,000 species of them. Spiders are silk-smiths, and can spin seven different types of silk—depending on their purpose or mood.
These tidbits may have piqued your interest, but we’re pretty positive you still don’t want to see any Nassau spiders in your house. If you have one too many eight-legged guests, give us a call. We’ll take care of them so you can rest easy.
Source 1: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/10/091012-vegetarian-spider.html