10 Myths about Spiders


1. Spiders are not insects. They are arachnids, which means they are more closely related to mites and ticks than to insects.

2. Spiders do not have six legs. They have eight.

3. Spiders are not blind. In fact, many spiders have very good eyesight.

4. Spiders do not spin webs to catch prey. Only a small minority of spider species spin webs. The vast majority of spiders hunt their prey actively.

5. Spiders do not always inject venom when they bite. In many cases, a spider will only inject venom if it feels threatened.

6. Spiders do not always eat their prey. Some spiders will wrap their prey in silk and then store it for later consumption.

7. Spiders are not dangerous to humans. In fact, most spiders are harmless to humans. Only a small minority of spider species are capable of biting humans and only a few of those species have venom that is harmful to humans.

8. Spiders are not all black and hairy. In fact, there are many different species of spiders, and they come in a wide variety of colors and sizes.

9. Spiders are not all found in dark, secluded places. In fact, many spiders are found in open, sunny areas.

10. Spiders are not all pests. In fact, many spiders are beneficial to humans because they help to control populations of harmful insects.

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