Spiders in Utah are amazing creatures. We could probably come up with a hundred interesting facts about them. Here are 10 of the best facts we can think of. Enjoy!
Fact #1 - All Spiders Have Venom and Fangs
There isn’t a single spider in the world that doesn’t have venom or fangs. But some spiders don’t have fangs that can pierce human skin. And most spiders don’t have a venom that is considered a medical threat to humans.
Fact #2 - True Daddy Longlegs Are Not Spiders
All spiders are arachnids, but not all arachnids are spiders. In the classification of arachnids, there are many subclassifications. The true daddy longlegs isn’t a spider; it is a harvestmen. Spiders belong to order Araneae. Harvestmen belong to the order Opiliones. The spider that often gets mistaken for a daddy longlegs is the long-bodied cellar spider.
Fact #3 - Spiders Don't Get Stuck In Their Own Webs
A spider will tenderly walk along its web, touching it with the hairs on the tips of its feet. This minimal contact, along with the chemicals on these hairs, are what some scientists believe keeps it from falling prey to its own trap. But the scientific data is still limited as to why their feet don’t stick.
Fact #4 - Not All Spiders Use Webs To Catch Prey
Hunter spiders, like wolf spiders, don’t use webs to catch prey. A wolf spider can spin a web; but it uses its web to line the opening of a hole so that it has a protected place to retreat.
Fact #5 - There Are A Lot Of Spiders In The World
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, there are more than 43,000 species of spiders in the world. That’s crazy! Do you know what is even more amazing? Only a small percentage of them are considered to be dangerous. Less than one-tenth of one percent have been linked to human mortality. Yet, we’re sure they will continue to be a source of inspiration for many horror movie producers for decades to come.
Fact #6 - Some Spiders Recycle Their Silk
It can be a lot of work for a spider to create a web. This may be why some spiders consume the amino acids in the silk proteins of their webbing as they dismantle them. Waste not, want not, we suppose.
Fact #7 - Spiders Don't Really Sleep
While spiders have daily cycles of activity and rest, they aren’t able to close their eyes and drift off into a slumber. This is because they don’t have eyelids. If you draw near a spider that is in a state of rest, and it has good eyesight, it will respond to your presence.
Fact #8 - Spiders Eat A Lot Of Insects
Spiders eat more insects than bats and birds combined. In a recent study, cited by CNN Health, it is estimated that spiders eat between 400 and 800 million metric tons of insects every single year. That is a lot of insects!
Fact #9 - Spiders Eat Spiders
The diet of a spider is not limited to insects. A spider can eat other spiders. Some species of spiders eat members of their own species, which makes them cannibals. This happens with black widow spiders. If the male doesn’t go away, the large female may make a meal of the little guy. This is not purposeful. She does it by accident.
Fact #10 - Some People Like Having Spiders In Their Home
As creepy as it may sound, some people like having spiders in their home. There are many people who consider spiders to be beneficial for pest control. While this is partially true (due to fact number 8), it is not wise to trust your pest control to spiders alone. They lack the dedication of a human pest control professional.
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