25 Creepy Cool Facts About Spiders

Spiders are stranger than you thought.

If you think human beings are weird, wait until you hear about spiders. Spiders are one of the most fascinating organisms on the planet and they’re much more than just eight legs. They have evolved in some pretty spectacular ways and mate, kill and eat unlike any other creatures on Earth. Take a look at 25 creepy cool facts about spiders in the gallery below, then let us know your favorite spider fact in the comments section on social media.

-Male red widow spiders feed themselves to their female mates by positioning themselves inside their mandibles.

-Spiders aren’t insects, they’re arachnids.

-Spiders are related to ticks, mites and scorpions,

-Spiders always have an even number of eyes, whether that be eight, six or fewer.

-Some spiders are capable of seeing UVA and UVB light.

-Spiders use their silk to build webs and egg sacks, trap their prey and help their young.

-Water spiders use their webs to hold an air supply underwater.

-A single spider can consume hundreds of small flies in a single day.

-Spiders inject venom through their hollow fangs to kill their prey.

-Some New-World tarantulas fling their hair to ward off potential predators.

-Male web building spiders court the female by vibrating their webs.

-Male nursery web spiders court the female by presenting them with a web wrapped fly.

-Baby spiders are called spiderlings.

-There are 40,000 different species of spiders.

-All spiders can spin silk.

-Ogre-faced spiders use their webs as nets between their front legs to catch prey.

-Pound for pound, spider silk is stronger and tougher than steel.

-There are over 100 species of spiders that can mimic ants.

-The wolf spider inspired a 17th century dance in Italy called the tarantella.

-The Bagheera kiplingi spider is mostly herbivorous.

-Most spiders are nearsighted.

-Spiders can lay up to 3,000 eggs at once.

-Jumping spiders can jump 50 times their own length.

-Spider blood is blue.

-A black widow spider’s venom is 15 times more forceful than a rattlesnake’s.