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I am terrified of spiders. In fact, writing this article has given me the worst case of the jumps. Every shadow and every black spot on the wall cause my eyes to dart around the room. That’s the funny thing about spiders, isn’t it? No matter how small or safe a spider might be, there is always the fear of potential danger. But not all spiders are dark and small. Here’s some additional facts about spiders. Some spiders are just plain odd, but at least spotting one of these spiders in your house will give you a moment of fascination.
The Peacock Spider
This fascinating, beautiful spider takes after its namesake, the peacock. The Peacock Spider’s back has a fan of brightly-colored hair that reminds you of a peacock’s plumage. During mating, the male Peacock Spider’s plumage expands and the spider dances.
The Diving Bell Spider
Many spiders call the banks of rivers, lakes and ponds home, but only one spider spends the majority of its life below the surface. The Diving Bell Spider, though living beneath the water of lakes and ponds in Europe and northern Asia, cannot breath underwater. Instead, the Diving Bell Spider creates a bubble out of its own silk, fills it with air, and lives off that air, underwater.
The Ogre-Faced Spider
In the tradition of its namesake, the Ogre-faced Spider has an interestingly fairy-tale-like way of hunting for its prey. This devious arachnid waits atop a high vantage point, like a tree branch, and forms a small web or net with its silk and waits patiently for an insect to fly or crawl below. Then, the Ogre-faced spider drops the net on the insect catching it.
The Bird-Dropping Spider
Camouflage is nature’s way of keeping the food chain fair. Many insects can change their appearances completely into false images of owls, birds, twigs and rocks. Snakes and other reptiles blend in with their backgrounds into sand, trees, dirt, mud, and rocks. Now, spiders, often the prey of birds, are without many camouflage techniques. Well, except the Bird-Dropping Spider. This sneaky arachnid can actually turn itself into, well, bird droppings. Not many birds are going to snap their beaks at their own excrement. Smooth move, spider.
The Assassin Spider
One of the oldest spiders with fossils dating back to 40 millions years ago, the Assassin Spider did not survive this long by making friends. In fact, the Assassin Spider is a bit of a cannibal. With its long, sneaky neck, this spider hunts and kills other spiders. This is one of the creepiest spiders I’ve seen, and I can barely look at its picture without getting squeamish.
The Smiling Spider
Let’s turn to something cute to end this list. I can barely sleep a wink with these images in my head, but this one is so damn happy. The Smiling Spider has the most interesting abdomen on any spider I’ve ever seen (I am not flirting I swear). This spider has a real, almost drawn-on smiley face on its back. Now that I look at it closely, it’s not so cute. Kind of reminds me of the clown from Stephen King’s It. Creepy.