6 Unbelievable Things Spiders Can Do

6 Unbelievable Things Spiders Can Do

What unbelievable things can spiders do?

  1. Spiders are incapable of digesting solid foods
  2. Not all spiders can spin webs
  3. Male spiders are at risk of being eaten by their female mates
  4. Spiders can swim
  5. Spiders use decoys to scare off predators
  6. Spiders are capable of exterminating mosquitoes

 

Pest control is the best way to get rid of house pests such as roaches, rodents, and others that can cause unlikely damages to your home. But aside from this, did you know that there are good pests that can help exterminate the bad ones?

Enter: Spiders

Spiders are eight-legged creatures that can help you manage household pests. They’re a great company considering the help that they contribute to your pest control. To know them further, here’s a list of unbelievable things that spiders are capable of doing.

Note: They’re creepy but tolerable.

 

Spiders are incapable of digesting solid foods

Spiders are incapable of digesting solid foods

Yes, spiders can bite its prey. But it can’t digest solid food unlike particular animals. Basically, before they eat their prey, they turn them first into liquid forms. How? First, the spider releases digestive enzymes from itself and then into the prey’s body. As the enzymes break down the tissues of the prey, it then draws the liquefied tissues and the digestive enzymes. Similar to humans, it also absorbs the nutrients it gets from its meal.

 

Not all spiders spin webs

Not all spiders spin webs

While webs are a common indication of a spider’s presence, there are still spiders that don’t spin webs. Yes, that’s true.

An example of this is the wolf spider and the jumping spider. Wolf spiders only stalk and overtake its prey without a web. Jumping spiders, on the other hand, move quickly and uses its relatively good eyesight to capture its prey. Both of these species do not need to spin a web.

 

Male spiders are at risk of being eaten by their female mates

Male spiders are at risk of being eaten by their female mates

Regardless of being one’s suitor, a male spider can still be considered a meal by its female counterpart. This is mainly because the female spiders are larger (hence, more capable) and are hungry (at the time of the mating).

So how do the males prevent this from occurring?

Surprisingly, the males use courtship rituals to introduce themselves as suitors and not food. For an instance, a jumping spider tends to perform extravagant dances from a safe distance before approaching the female. This is to know whether the female spider approves or not. Some species, on the other hand, such that of male orb weavers, tend to position themselves from the outer edge of the female’s web and pluck a thread to send a vibration. If the female spider approves, that’s when the male counterpart approaches her.

 

Spiders can swim

Spiders can swim

While spiders are commonly known to spin webs on your ceilings and corners, they are also capable of swimming. Well, diving bell spiders are.

This type of spiders could stay underwater for at least a day. How so? Basically, these spiders spin a web to use as a container. This, then, serves as storage for the air bubbles it drags down from the surface.

However, similar to humans, their stored oxygen runs out at a particular time. As such, they move into the surface and collect more to store in their container.

 

Spiders use decoys to scare their predators

Spiders use decoys to scare their predators

Like how humans use scarecrows, spiders use decoys to scare off their predators and protect their welfare.

Essentially, they work on webs and spin them off in the image of their own; some would similarly resemble their size or it could also be a larger version of themselves. Claims say that a scientist even saw a spider shaking its decoy to effectively look real to its predator.

Fortunately, this act works for them.

 

Spiders are capable of exterminating mosquitoes

Spiders are capable of exterminating mosquitoes

As already mentioned above, spiders are good pests. Don’t believe it? Then, you might want to read about this evidence from Pakistan back in the year 2011.

The monsoon season that year brought in floods affecting not only people, but also the animal kingdom. Fortunately, spiders found a way to survive by seeking refuge amongst trees. It was there where they established a home. Their webs gave the trees a ghostly appearance, thus the name: The Ghost Trees of Pakistan. But more than that, what the spiders contributed hugely to the place is the reduction of the number of mosquitoes at the time.

Wouldn’t you say that this was a remarkable example of pest control?

 

Key Takeaway

As you can see, spiders are not all that bad. These critters surely have interesting skill sets for you to learn about. Plus, they also help out with exterminating other more dangerous pests, such as the mosquitoes.

Did you have fun knowing about spiders? If you have more to share, please let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!

How Strong is a Spider Web?

There are plenty of termite control and other pest control products and services available throughout the country that aid people in protecting their homes from the damage that pests cause.

Spiders are some of the most prevalent pests you will encounter. You have probably even seen their webs scattered in various corners of your home. You might have removed these webs haphazardly, thinking nothing of it. However, did you know that plenty of people believe that a spider’s web is stronger than steel? Yes, many have argued that the intricate silk that spiders weave are more formidable than some of the toughest materials in the world. But is this true? Find out just how strong a spider web is below!

The Uses of Spider Silk  

All species of spiders produce silk and every single one of them can create up to seven different types of silk. As a result, the spider’s web is stronger and more elastic compared to other types of natural and synthetic materials.

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The silks that spiders produce are used for various things. For instance, some silks are for capturing preys while some are for reproduction purposes. Spiders also use silk as a source of food, for dispersal, to drop anchor lines, for nest lining, and nest construction. Actually, the uses of spider’s silk have evolved through the years as spiders have evolved, too.     

The Production of Spider Silk

The spider silk is made up of seven different silk glands. They are:

  • Ampullate (major) – This is used for the outer part of the web.
  • Ampullate (minor) – This is used during the web construction.
  • Aggregate – This is a silk glue made up of sticky globules.
  • Aciniform – This is used to secure and wrap the prey caught in the web.
  • Flagelliform – This is used to capture the lines of the web.
  • Piriform – This is used to connect separate threads of web.
  • Tubuliform – This is used to protect the egg sacs.

The Properties of Spider Silk

The silk of a spider is rich in protein, carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen. It is considered as one of the toughest biomaterials that can absorb huge amounts of energy before breaking. It also has different physical properties such as elasticity, strength, and density. The spider silk can be stretched 2 to 4 times its original length without breaking. Moreover, it is known to be five times stronger than a steel rod of the same diameter. This means that a spider web is strong enough to catch large preys!

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According to researchers, the toughest silk they discovered so far is made by the Darwin’s bark spider – an orb-weaver spider that was discovered in Madagascar. This spider can produce an orb web that ranges from 900 to 28,000 square centimeters. The web can spread up to 30 square feet and it is often found in small lakes, streams, and rivers. This particular spider’s silk is also twice as elastic compared to the otTher orb-web weaving spider’s silk and more than 10 times stronger than Kevlar, a high-strength material often used in fabric sheets or ropes.

Spider webs are truly interesting. Although scientists recognize Darwin’s bark spider’s silk as the toughest at the moment, they admitted that more than 90% of spider silks are yet to be discovered. This means that in the future, Darwin’s bark spider might keep its crown or give it up to a spider that produces a stronger silk.

7 New Species of Australian Peacock Spiders

Spiders are among the most common household pests, crawling their way into the various holes in your house. Some of them are pretty harmless, even ones that bite people. However, there are species of this insect which bite can lead to a fatal situation. To get rid of them, people are encouraged to call the nearest pest control service provider in their area. These professionals efficiently remove pesky insects to prevent possible health problems and damage to properties.

Spiders can be found everywhere, including Australia. This huge continent is home to numerous species of this insect, including the Australian peacock spider. As a matter of fact, an Australian scientist recently discovered seven new species of the Australian peacock spider – a tiny arachnid known for its bright appearance.

The recently discovered species of Australian peacock spiders grow to only 3 millimeters long, making them some of the smallest species of this type of spider. These new and unique species of Australian peacock spiders are characterized by their distinct and energetic courtship display. Get to know more about them!

Maratus Vespa

Maratus vespa is one of the seven species of Australian peacock spiders that was discovered recently. During the courtship display, a male m. vespa spreads the flaps on its abdomen and raises both of its legs to create an arch and attract the female m. vespa. The male m. vespa repeats the steps as the female carefully watches him. Sometimes, the female m. vespa is so enamored with the male’s courtship dance that she even moves in time with his movements.

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Maratus Bubo

Maratus bubo have delightful colors adorning its body. A stunning combination of blue, orange, and red cover its body, forming a unique pattern. This particular species of Australian peacock spider was named “bubo” because the pattern it sports look somewhat like an owl’s face. 

Maratus Lobatus

The maratus lobatus is an adorable spider with a colorful body as well. Its rear end looks like a separate insect head or an elliptic head complete with ears. This species of Australian peacock spiders have a dazzling blue, brown, and black combination on its abdomen and fan part. 

Maratus Australis  

This species was discovered in various locations around Western Australia. They have a combination of blue and orange pattern on its fan. The maratus australis is related to the maratus tasmanicus – another species of peacock spiders. 

Maratus Vultus

A maratus vultus’s most distinctive feature is the black carapace and an orange figure on its fan. Just like the maratus vespa, this peacock spider species spread its fan to attract the m. vultus females. 

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Maratus Albus

The maratus albus is another species of Australian peacock spiders. The most notable feature of this spider is its white furry skin. Unlike other species, maratus albus does not have a flap on its abdomen. This species is can usually be found in beaches and rocky terrains.

Maratus Tessellatus   

The maratus tessellatus is unlike any species of Australian peacock spiders. For one, it is not as vibrant as the other species of peacock spiders. Also, like the maratus albus, this species does not spread the flaps in its abdomen while dancing. However, it has probably the best and fastest “footwork” when it comes to courtship dances. This species is often found in sand dunes across the shore.

The discovery of these 7 new species of Australian peacock spiders proved that there are still plenty of insects out there that are yet to be discovered. Hopefully, through the development of advanced equipment and the perseverance of scientists, mankind can unearth new discoveries that would astonish the world.