Spider can be a word that scares the heck out of some people and other it doesn’t really bother them at all. But rarely do people look into the life of a spider. This article will help you get a little more acquainted with our little friends. You may still not like spiders by the time you read this, but you will know more about them.
1. House spiders play an important role.
Spiders are opportunistic eaters and will feed on as many insects as they can catch in one short period. That means there will be weeks when the insect population in their part of the world is small, so the spiders have no opportunities to feed for a while. Because they are poikilothermic (cold-blooded) and inactive for much of each day this temporary loss of a food supply is not a problem. However, prolonged periods of enforced starvation will ultimately lead to death.
2. Killing a spider makes the spider genetic pool sneakier and more deadly.
While you may be killing the spiders that are in the wide open, you are allowing the other ones that hide in the shadows to propagate and make smaller deadlier babies to roam around. Mainly you are teaching them how to be sneakier.
3. Spiders can walk on other species of spider webs.
Spiders have the ability to walk on other species of spiders webs without any problem. Spiders can navigate webs via two distinct mechanisms. The first method of navigation involves prior knowledge of which strands of the web are “sticky” and which are not. The second method of web navigation involves grasping the sticky strands of the web with specialized structures on the leg tips.
4. Spider’s legs curl up when they die.
Tarantulas and other spiders lack leg extending muscles and rely on the blood pressure spike from a heartbeat to ‘reinflate’ the leg back to its extended position. That is why spiders curl up when they die.
5. If you throw a spider outside of your house, it will return.
If you find a spider in your house, most likely it is a species that is a house dwelling spider. If you throw it out the front door, it is going to seek out the nearest place to live. Most likely your house!
6. Spiders often will steal other spider’s webs.
Yes, spiders, in fact, do take other spider’s webs sometimes. Well maybe it’s not stealing but more like renting out space. Yes, if you put a spider on another web that isn’t theirs; they might just make that home.