Spider Facts

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  • There are more than 47,000 species of spider worldwide, 670 of which are found in Britain.
  • All arachnids have an external skeleton which they need to shed to grow in size.
  • The largest house spiders in the UK are the Cardinal Spider or the Fen raft spider.
  • Giant House Spider don’t have to live in houses, it’s just they are the species most commonly seen inside.
  • Male huntsman spiders (also known as giant crab spiders) have recently been found to make a buzzing sound using vibration, to attract females.
  • False widow spiders, are not dangerous. Although the noble false widow originally came to the UK from Madeira and the Canary Island they have been here for more than a century and are considered native.

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  • Orb spider webs are up to a metre across.
  • Silk from Madagascar orb spiders was used to make a golden cloak that was displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2012.
  • The Brazilian salmon pink bird-eating spider is one of the largest spiders in the world, growing to have a leg span of up to 28cm.
  • The spiderlings of the Martinique red tree spider are bright blue.

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  • Fen raft spiders hunt on the surface of water, only using silk as a retreat or to construct a nursery web.
  • The Peacock parachute spider, also known as the Gooty sapphire, is one of the most beautiful spiders in the world due to its blue colouration. It is also one of the rarest in the wild, living in a single patch of forest in West Bengal, India.
  • Regal jumping spiders have an elaborate courtship dance to attract a mate.

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