Unique Spider Pictures, A New Appreciation For 8 Legs
We’ve assembled 34 great spider pictures for you to Ooooo and Ahhhh over, maybe make you a little squeamish. Many spiders are ugly little things that put the body senses into an over sensitive state, making each moving arm or leg hair feel like an intruder. They stealth-fully roam inside our homes at night seeking out prey, then ducking for cover when a light gets flipped on. However, its hard not appreciate the beauty in the brilliant color display shown off by their sleek exterior.
The Arrowhead Spider (Verrucosa Arenata) is among the Verrucosa genus, is usually located in America, and can be found in the forests. This spider can be identified by its red head and yellow arrow-shaped abdomen which is narrow in the front widens towards the back with two large broad points. This particular spider is active during spring, summers and fall. The spider is harmless to humans.
Arrow-shaped Micrathena spider
The Arrow-shaped Micrathena spider is home to the eastern United States down through parts of Central America. While the female has two large horn like points off its abdomen, males do not have spines. Not only that, but males are also different in color(black and white). This unique spider features an arrow-shaped abdomen which is largely yellow, with little dimples above, and covered with varying yellow, red, and black patterns all over.
The Camel Spider is also known as Sun Spider or Wind Scorpion, it’s scientific name is Solifugae and belongs to Arachnida order. This order has around 1000 species in 150 genera. A camel spider can reach a top speed of 30 mph and they have a very high pitched scream. They are 7 cm in length. This dessert spider has venom that can cause paralysis in its prey, typically other insects and lizards.
They have gotten their name due to their resemblence of a crab. Scientifically known as Thomisidae and belongs to the family Philodromidae. This spider doesnt build webs as most typical spiders, but waits among flowers to hunt its unsuspecting prey. They can even change colors to match their surroundings, and their common colors include yellow, green, orange, white or grey.
Daddy Long Legs
The unique spider is from the Opiliones order. This specie of spider has only two eyes, unlike the other species having six or eight eyes. The spider has very long legs, eight in number, giving it the name, Daddy Long Legs. The spider is also known as Harvestman. It uses it’s fangs to inject venom into it’s prey to kill it.
Fishing Spiders belong to the family Pisauridae. This unique spider gets its “fishing”name from its odd habit of sitting around lakes and ponds. The Spider will sit and wait for prey before darting out to catch its insect meal. The spider can run across water and swim.
This amazing spider belongs to the Tarantula family, and is the worlds largest spider. The spider can be found in the forests of South America. The spider survives on a diet of mice, mealworms, and cricket. However, they have also been seen eating small birds. Their legs, which can span 12″, make a hissing sound when they run. On contact, they cause severe irritation to human skin.
Green Jumping Spider
It is an Australian spider from the family Salticidae. The females are 12mm in length. The spider occurs in New Guinea, New South Wales and Western Australia. The male spiders have bright and sharp colors. They have long and attractive white “side whiskers” and a topknot of black hairs.Females lack the whiskers and topknot, but have a red and white elegant “mask”.
Horned spiders are also known as curved spiny spiders, wishbone spiders. These spiders are rare to see, but can be found in southeast Asia. Rumor has it that the large horns make it difficult for large predators, such as birds, to swallow them.
Huntsman Spider, scientific name: Heteropoda venatoria, is a member of the Sparassidae family. They measure around 4 inches. The different species of the Huntsman Spider are found around the globe. It lives in plants like ivy which offer the spider a shelter. The common colors are gray and brown.
Jumping Peacock spider
Jumping spiders are often very colourful spiders. The Jumping Peacock spider is not an exception. Male spiders have an iridescent colouring of red, green and blue. Females and the immatures of both sexes are dull, brown drab coloured creatures. Mature spiders are small with a length of between 4 and 5 mm. The male spider has two rounded skin-like flaps on either side of his abdomen that are folded down close against the sides of the body, like a shawl, when not in use. The flaps are used for courtship, he then displays them similar to a peacocks feathers. The spider can be found in Queensland and New South Wales.
Orchard Spiders are scientifically known as Leucauge venusta. They have bright colors. Their abdomen has prominent neon yellow, orange or red marks. They are easily identified from their long jaws. The worst enemy of these beautiful spiders is the Wasp Spider. They are found in Canada and America.
Purse Web Spider
Purse Web spiders are shiny black spiders, medium in size with an over-sized chelicerae. They have 8 sprawling legs and two body parts. They are hatched from eggs and travel long distances in search of females once grown. Instead of weaving a web, they knit a tight and upright silken tube. They feed on insects and small spiders. They bite and are dangerous to those sensitive to spider bites. For the rest, they cause no harm.
This amazing creation of nature, a spider taking the shape of a happy face, is as harmless as it seems. This interesting spider is found in forests of Hawaii. The spider has eight legs like many other spiders but it’s smile makes it special.
Wasp Spider known as Argiope bruennichi scientifically, is usually found in Europe. This spider lives in rough grassy lands and makes it’s web on grass. It makes a beautiful zig-zag web. It has a poisonous venom. It captures it’s prey in it’s silken web and injects the insect with a paralyzing venom and a protein dissolving enzyme. It has a unique black and yellow pattern on it’s abdomen.
Wolf Spider belongs to the family Lycosidae. They run on rocks and ground to find their prey. They have a dark brown, gray or black body. Some have stripes on abdomen too. Females of this specie are careful about their eggs and carry the egg sack with them, wherever they go. They are often confused with dangerous Recluse Spider but they are safe. Their bite is irritating and annoying but not dangerous.
Spiders no doubt are amazing artists. They build their home skillfully and artistically. Writing Spider, Yellow and Black Garden Spider or Corn Spider is one such spider, from the genus Argiope. They have striking colored abdomen. They get their name, writing spider, from their practice of building their web or nest in a pattern of Zs and Xs down the center. They bite but are not dangerous. The male spider is much smaller than the female spider in size. He spins a companion web alongside the female spider and then the female lays her eggs. The female spider then places her egg sac containing 400-1400 eggs into the web.
Anyone else feel itchy after reading this, I swear I feel things crawling on me now! lol.