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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.