The World’s Most Fabulous Spiders

Cures to arachnophobia: Sitting with a psychiatrist and discussing the origins of your fears, being placed in a room full of spiders until you get over them … or, you can make a bouquet of some of the most lovely spiders known to man. Love them, or hate them, you are never far away from a spider.

Many people don’t like spiders. They are scared by the way these amazing creatures move so quickly. If you don’t like these fabulous creatures take a look at how strange and wonderful they really are. Don’t worry, they can’t get to you and you might even change your mind about them.

Spiders have been around for millions of years. Their population is huge and they are spread all over the world. Wherever you are, you are never more than six feet from a spider.

LADY BIRD SPIDER

This fabulous male Ladybird spider is found rarely in Britain but it is more common in Europe. It gets its name from the marking on its body that resemble the spots on a ladybird (or ladybug). They prefer to live in sheltered spots on heathland, between rocks and stones, where they can benefit from the sun. This spider is a protected species in Britain.

CRAB SPIDER

This Crab Spider doesn’t move around much. To catch prey this clever creature sits very still in a flower and rolls its eyes up so that they can’t be seen. Then it waits for “lunch” to arrive in the form of an unwary bee, fly, or other insect. This technique works so well because these spiders can smell the best scented flowers and hide in the ones most likely to be visited by bees. Then then jump out at the unsuspecting visitor..

WOLF SPIDER

The Wolf Spider is quite common and it is found all over the world, in hot climates and where there is ice and snow. It has eight eyes, four of which are on the bottom of the face and the others are positioned above and to the sides to allow for all round vision. There are around two and a half thousand different species of Wolf Spider which explains how they survive in such a large range of different climates.

BLANKET SPIDER

This rather beautiful picture shows a Blanket Spider inspecting its web on cold dewy morning. It gets its name from the way it literally “blankets” the leaves with its web and waits for its prey to get caught in it. These small spiders are profuse spinners and the sight of their work in the garden first thing in the morning is quite amazing.

BANANA SPIDER

This brightly colored Banana Spider lives way out in the forest and scrubland and builds huge webs across wide areas in order to hunt efficiently. A spider like this one had built a fifteen foot web across a nearby disused track. There are actually two types of banana spider. One is found in US and has a poisonous bite but is relatively harmless to humans The second one (shown in the picture with its mate), is found in the South American Rainforests and is deadly.

SPITTING SPIDER

This wonderfully colored spider does actually spit. It sprays a glue like substance from its mouth to catch prey. It is between three and six millimetres in size and has six eyes for all round vision and a special gland within its head part that makes silk for it to spit out. Only one species of spitting spider has been discovered.

VIOLIN SPIDER

This spider is found in US. It is also known as the Brown Recluse, Fiddleback Spider. It is called the Violin Spider because of the shape of its chest and body area which is violin shaped. These spiders are the ones usually found amoung old dry wood, sticks, foliage, etc. Inside they can live in folded fabric and furniture. These are poisonous spiders and a bite from them can be quite painful and medical attention may be needed. Fortunately bites are not that common.

WATER SPIDER

These amazing creatures survive underwater by spinning a silk scuba diving tank, or diving bell type of construction. They are oxygen breathers and they return to the surface every so often to refill their supply. They use the hairs on their legs to trap air bubbles and transport them back to their tanks. This air supply allows them to hunt in the water.

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15 Responses to “The World’s Most Fabulous Spiders”
  1. Jared Stenzel Says...

    On December 31, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Those are some pretty sweet looking spiders. A little too dangerous for me though.


  2. Lucy Lockett Says...

    On December 31, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    I liked the Ladybird spider, very pretty. I don’t like them on me and I will put them outside if I can and if they let me.They are fascinating.


  3. Judy Sheldon-Walker Says...

    On December 31, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    I am scared to death of the brown recluse. Fascinating article. Working in the doctor’s office, I have seen the results of their bite.


  4. Darlene McFarlane Says...

    On December 31, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    OH! My! Goodness! I had a hard time reading the article without looking at the pictures. They are as fascinating as any other of God’s creatures but it doesn’t make them any easier to like.

    Call me chicken.


  5. valli Says...

    On December 31, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    Interesting article and wonderful pictures.


  6. IcyCucky Says...

    On December 31, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    Very beautiful pictures, and wonderful article. I’m too, scared of spiders.


  7. Dee Huff Says...

    On January 1, 2008 at 6:41 am

    I quite like spiders, when they’re a harmless variety. It’s beneficial to have them in the house because they prey on pesky flies and things. The wolf spider, though, I wasn’t too crazy about, and the spitting spider I found totally unappealing.


  8. Anne Lyken-Garner Says...

    On January 1, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Well Loiue, I never thought I’d say this, but now I see that spiders can be beautiful after all. I’m not scared of them, but my sister is, so I’ve never really taken a keen interest.


  9. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On January 2, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Spiders are amazing creatures. Thank you for your info.


  10. Fornis Says...

    On February 8, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Nice collection of amazing spiders.


  11. denus Says...

    On February 21, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    the banana spider is sick XD


  12. kedarnath Says...

    On February 26, 2009 at 12:10 am

    wonderful


  13. Pieter Says...

    On April 16, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I do like the ladybug and had never heard of it – but I feel you missed some very wonderful and rare spiders: The social spiders – most famously the Anelosimus eximius which are each the size of a pencil eraser but live in extended communities numbering in the tens of thousands.
    http://www.sciencenews.org/sn_arc99/5_8_99/bob2.htm


  14. Neil Rhodes Says...

    On January 17, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    As the owner of the picture of the Blanket Spider from Insectopia.co.uk please give list a credit to the site or please remove it. Many thanks.


  15. Bandit Says...

    On January 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Its extremely good info about the spiders and they’re quite scary!!!


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