Contrary to widespread urban legends, spiders do not lay eggs in human skin. This setting is not an appropriate environment for spider eggs to hatch.
Another myth associated with spiders comes from the American Midwest. Supposedly, the fruit of the Osage orange tree is repulsive to spiders and keeps them out of the house. The fruit, also known as "spider balls," is placed next to interior walls. However, in the outside world, spiders sometimes make their homes in Osage orange trees and spin webs on fallen pieces of fruit. In the Pacific Northwest, horse chestnuts are said to be repellent. However, spiders have little, if any, ability to sense odors in the air.Learn More
Of the several color variations in a Chilean rose hair tarantula, the most vibrant red or copper form is always a male. Females have much longer life spans than males, with males living about five years and females living as much as 20. And, the male is generally smaller.Full Answer >
The giant huntsman spider, discovered in Laos in 2001, has a legspan of up to 1 foot, which makes it the largest spider in the world by diameter, according to livescience.com.Full Answer >
All spiders have eight legs and a body composed of two parts: a cephalothorax and an abdomen. There are an estimated 40,000 different species of spiders. Wolf spiders can be identified by their eyes; they have a bottom row of four eyes and two upper rows of two eyes each.Full Answer >
Some techniques for identifying Florida spiders is to notice the shape of the body, the size of the spider and the coloration and markings. An observer should also note how its eyes are arranged on the cephalothorax and whether or not it spins a web.Full Answer >