There is not one single study done to date that has quantified the number of spiders you eat in your sleep. The common urban legend states that up to 8 spiders are swallowed in your sleep over your lifespan.
A:The term "banana spider" actually refers to three different types of spiders; the Brazilian wandering spider which is poisonous, the golden silk orb-weaver which is not poisonous, and the Argiope appensa which is also not poisonous. While caution is advisable around any spider, knowing the precise arachnid with which you are dealing is vital for safety.
A:After trapping prey, spiders eat by releasing digestive enzymes that liquefy food and make it easier to swallow. Spiders cannot consume solid food whole, so digested matter must be broken down to pass through their narrow digestive tracts.
A:The venom from a black widow bite initially causes pain, swelling and redness at the injection site, according to LiveScience.com. After about an hour, pain similar to a dull muscle ache can spread throughout the entire body.
A:The silver garden spider, or Argiope argentata, is a silver spider with a brown underside. The spider has brown and orange colorings further back on the abdomen and on top. It is often seen in warm and dry areas like California, Florida and Argentina.
A:Spiders do not have ears, but they do have unique sensory organs that allow them to sense vibrations. According to AskNature.org, certain segments of the spider's legs have tiny hairs called trichobothria, which are incredibly sensitive to vibrations both close and far.
A:Diving bell spiders of the species Argyroneta aquatica have the ability to swim, and they use this adaptation to live underwater. Although they live and swim in the water, diving bell spiders still breathe air by creating air pockets underwater that they use as homes.
A:The number of spider eggs in an egg sac varies depending on the spider and can range from 10 to 1,500 or more. Some spiders produce multiple egg sacs to give more offspring a chance for survival, while others put all their eggs in one sac.
A:There are approximately 35,000 types of spiders that have been identified worldwide, although biologists believe there are many more that are not yet identified. In North America, there are approximately 3,000 types of spiders, according to Explorit Science Center.
A:Spiders can thrive and live in almost any place: on the edges of the ocean, on plants, under rocks, in trees, in caves and even over the water, according to Australian Museum. The only places that spiders cannot inhabit are the oceans, the highest mountains and the polar regions. Spiders are seen on almost every continent.
A:Some of the most dangerous spiders in the world include the Brazilian wandering spider, the black widow spider and the brown widow spider. The brown recluse spider, the six-eyed sand spider, the Chilean recluse spider and the northern funnel web spider are also extremely venomous, according to Outdoor Life.
A:Tarantulas do not hibernate, but they do experience torpor, which is a state of lethargy. Torpor is a short-term body temperature reduction on cool days that allows the spiders to leave their nest to hunt on temperate days. Hormonal changes and daylight drive hibernation, according to BBC Wildlife Magazine.
A:There is not one single study done to date that has quantified the number of spiders you eat in your sleep. The common urban legend states that up to 8 spiders are swallowed in your sleep over your lifespan.
A:The brown recluse spider can be identified by its half-inch-long body that is light brown and has a darker brown, fiddle-shaped mark on the upper cephalothorax (the part of its body between its head and its abdomen). It is also unusual in that it has six eyes instead of the usual eight found in most other spiders.
A:Yes, red spider mites do bite humans. They bite humans in failed attempts to lay their eggs. The bites typically leave small red bumps that cause extreme itching. Use over-the-counter anti-itch products to counteract the itching and to help the bites heal faster. Refrain from scratching the affected area.
A:Spider eggs take one to four weeks to hatch depending on the species of spider. An exception are certain species that live in temperate climates; they lay eggs in late fall or early winter but the eggs remain inside the sac until hatching the following Spring.
A:Some species of spiders do eat ants and some, like the Euryopis superba, prefer ants over other insects. Black widows and lynx spiders target ants for prey when given the opportunity. Some jumping spiders eat plant nectar and may consume ants or other insects that might harm the plant.
A:The best way to repel spiders is to keep the home clear of dust, food, clutter and debris that attract insects. A bug repellent, long-handled broom or high-pressure hose can be used to get rid of existing spiders outside or inside of the home.
A:While spiders are often appreciated for the pest control services they provide, spiders are prey to a variety of animals, including birds, lizards, frogs and even larger spiders. Some animals, such as Tarantula hawks, deposit eggs in the bodies of spiders. When the eggs hatch, the babies feed on the spider’s internal tissues.
A:The daring jumping spider is known by the scientific name Phidippus audax. The species is found in the grasslands, open prairies and woodlands of southeastern Canada and throughout much of the United States and is known to frequent backyards and gardens.