Wolf spiders are found in almost every country in the world. They are most commonly found in grasslands and meadows but also live in deserts, rain forests and wetlands.
There are about 2,300 different species of wolf spiders around the world, but only 200 species are found in the United States. They are usually brown, black or tan and may have dark stripes. Their size ranges from a quarter of an inch to over an inch. Wolf spiders have been known to bite humans when they are threatened, but the venom does minimal damage, causing redness and swelling but no serious problems.Learn More
Tarantula "migration" is not a migration, it is simply a part of the mating process of tarantulas. Male tarantulas must actively seek out females, which stay in burrows underground. As the males travel over great distances at times, humans who see them sometimes assume they are migrating.Full Answer >
The average person does not actually eat a single spider during their lifetime. The widely circulated myth of a person swallowing dozens of spiders while asleep has never been proven with any credibility. However, misinformation has lead to this becoming one of the most believed urban legends of all time.Full Answer >
As of 2014, it is thought that scorpions have the most venom on average. Available measurements find that spiders' venom averages to 0.33 milligrams. Some scientists estimate that the average scorpion venom content is less than 0.5 milligrams.Full Answer >
By eating the bugs that can destroy crops, spiders serve an important function in many ecosystems. Spiders are also prey for other animals, further adding to their ecological importance, and spider silk is potentially useful to humans as a material.Full Answer >