Winged Spider Revealed

Recently, a spider with wings was discovered… Or was it?

Recently, photos went up with a spider having large wings, granting it the capability to fly. This caused a brief period of terror, affecting those with arachnophobia. The spider is already a terror, but now it has wings? However, this is just a hoax. There is no such thing as the Winged Spider (At this moment). Its Wikipedia page was deleted after it was found to be false. A similarly named spider is the Yellow Winged Spider, which does not really have wings at all (references the design on its back), and cannot fly. The classification of an arachnid does not allow it to have less than eight legs, and it cannot has antennae or wings.

TLDR: The Winged Spider has yet to be discovered. 

Keep in mind that a Winged Spider could still be out there, but has yet to be discovered. Scientists are discovering new species at a rapid pace, but the Winged Spider has yet to be one of them.

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21 Responses to “Winged Spider Revealed”
  1. Ashes Says...

    On December 8, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Wikipedia is not a valid scientific source…… Any chance of something being posted as a reference from an actual accredited source?

    By the by, Insects are differentiated from arachnids, (the group containing Spiders, Scorpions, Mites, Head Lice, and Horseshoe Crabs) by the number of legs. There is a requisite number of eight required.

    (Biology:Concepts and Investigations, by Marielle Hoefnagels, 2nd edition)

  2. X Says...

    On December 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    That thing has winGS! Shiaaaate. I am fudge!

  3. Jacob M. Says...

    On December 9, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Wikipedia is not a reliable source, you both have come to agree on that, but the moderators themselves were never known to delete other false pages? You see this only goes to show that Wikipedia moderators are either lazy or stupid and both of which make them unreliable moderators. Thus you can NEVER trust Wikipedia unless the poster of the information can prove that the information given is true and reliable. Many schools have advised students to stay off of Wikipedia as an information source for the very reason.

  4. Helpful Friend Says...

    On December 9, 2012 at 9:54 am

    You cannot write saying that Wikipedia has a wrong page then use that as a source. You yourself just proved why we should believe everything on Wikipedia. Further more, look again for this and make sure it is a primary source, a scientific discovery, a law, anything directly from facts. Not a secondary source, a newspaper or magazine. And then look up the author to make sure they are creditable. Otherwise you both end up sounding like idiots.

  5. SHIP Says...

    On December 9, 2012 at 9:59 am

    “Arachnids are not insects and thus cannot have wings.”

    Birds and bats aren’t insects too but they still have wings.

  6. Nunya Says...

    On December 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Not true, Wikipedia has actually been found through studies to be almost as credible as Encyclopedia Britannica.

    So honestly, Wikipedia is a pretty valid source of information. The articles are generally written by experts and information found to be incorrect is quickly removed.

    Furthermore, there are more criteria for being an insect or arachnid than the number of legs. That’s ridiculous. Yes, insects do have 6 legs while spiders have 8 legs, however, there are always exceptions in scientific classification of the animal kingdom. It’s extremely naive to believe for a second that mother nature has to play by our classification rules.

    Also, the idea that no spider could ever be found with the ability to fly is also ridiculous. Yes, it is possible that one day we will find a spider that can fly. There are plenty areas of the world that we have not adequately searched. The giant squid used to be a myth that could not possibly exist. Of course, nowadays we know that it does exist. There are animals that don’t fit our classification methods like the platypus for instance. Also, people fail to realize the reality of classification. Animals don’t change to fit our classification, our classification changes to fit animals.

  7. Ashes Says...

    On December 9, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Understand, My comment wasn’t to cause drama. I certainly don’t trust imgur as a scientific source, either. My question was a genuine question, though perhaps not phrased in the intended manner- I should have asked “Have you seen any resources other than wikipedia, and if so, will you share them?” I do, however seem to have my answer from your response. It would appear the answer is no, and that you are taking it on what you believe to be common sense that it’s not plausible. Which, is an opinion you are entitled to have, and I will not condemn you for expressing that freedom. I just wish the tone of your article hadn’t been such that it was based on stone cold fact- the impression that you had seen something that explained beyond a shadow of a doubt that it can’t happen.
    I have become far too spoiled by typically reading scientific information that is thorough in it’s source checks before it totally writes off the possibilities of something… and also, forgotten that with lack of in person cues the tone of a written response can be misconstrued.

  8. Robert P Says...

    On December 10, 2012 at 3:42 am

    I apologize for all the misunderstandings I’ve caused. I believe the cause of this issue is how I’ve written this article (I am not a great writer). As I read it now, I see all the scientific mistakes I also made, and the tone of the article. I cannot find a textbook source right now that proves that arachnids cannot have wings – wikipedia is the closest. Thanks for all the feedback!

  9. Robert P Says...

    On December 10, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Based on the feedback, I have attempted to cleanup the article.

  10. Paul Says...

    On December 11, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Those guys are douches man I know what you meant

  11. James Says...

    On December 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    To say that a spider cannot have wings is a sign of ignorance in itself. Evolution is constanly changing the creatures around us. All that is required are a few modifications to a pair or two of the spiders legs to have them function as wings.

  12. Robert P Says...

    On December 11, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    The classification of spiders may change in the future. Currently, the classification system works in a way where spiders cannot have less than eight legs and they cannot have wings. If a spider loses two legs in exchange for wings, then it would not be a spider anymore.

  13. This dude Says...

    On December 12, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Arachnids are insects, they are Arthropoda, just like the rest of the 80% of insects. And they are fucking horrible creatures

  14. anonymous Says...

    On December 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Phylum Arthropoda is not entirely consisted of Class Inescta, therefore not all arthropods are insects.

  15. Andy Says...

    On December 14, 2012 at 12:18 am

    It’s photoshopped….you can find the same spider in color without wings by searching google images.

  16. Xenkyo Says...

    On December 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I understand the whole 8 legs thing and a spider can\’t have less than 8 and so on but what I don\’t understand is the whole \”a spider can\’t have wings due to having to have 8 legs\” is it not possible evolution could make a spider grow a pair of wings and still have 8 legs ? Just curious not meaning to start an argument

  17. pianocricket64 Says...

    On December 17, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Thank God the picture is fake. I almost had a heart attack when I saw it!! whew!!

  18. Andrew02 Says...

    On December 17, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Man, I would not want to meet this creature during any point of my life!

  19. Shueo Pii Says...

    On December 19, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Here in China there are many strange insects, but not spiders with wings. I have a spider that can eat a chicken, in my spider exhibit/lab. I have modified it in a few different way genetically (over the generations of it’s species) and it seem impossible to me that a spider can form wings. Evolution in less than proven, but we can modify plants (easily) and animals (less easily). But I don’t believe that on their own, animals (or arachnid), can evolve. So, I conclude, that unless there is a scientist that can bring about wings onto a spider, none will exist.

  20. Mike Says...

    On December 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Shut the fuck up. This is not about how reliable of a source Wikipedia is, but about flying fucking spiders.

  21. Zach Says...

    On December 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Ah, the myth of Wikipedia being unreliable continues in the hearts of the oblivious…

    But on-topic, it’s pretty sad that anyone at all would believe this just because they saw the picture on facebook or whatever.

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