How much do you know about spiders?

Which of the following statements are false?

  1. Spiders are insects.
  2. “Arachnid” is just a fancy name for spider.
  3. You can always tell a spider because it has eight legs.
  4. All spiders make webs.
  5. The orb web (round or “geometric” web) is a “normal” spider web.
  6. A “daddy-longlegs” is a kind of spider.
  7. Most spiders could not bite humans because their fangs are too small.
  8. Any spider species can be found anywhere.
  9. All spiders are male.
  10. Spiders are most numerous in late summer.
  11. You are never more than three feet from a spider.
  12. Spiders “suck the juices” of their prey, and do not literally eat it.
  13. Spiders don’t stick to their own webs because their feet are oily.
  14. Spiders are easy to identify.
  15. Spider species are distinguished and identified by “markings.”
  16. The size of spiders should be described in terms of coins.
  17. A photo that “looks just like” your spider identifies it.
  18. Physicians, exterminators, and entomologists can identify spiders.
  19. Spider specimens can be mailed with a letter in a common envelope.
  20. The spider you found has to be a species you’ve already heard of.
  21. “Since I can’t tell what this spider is, it must be new and probably dangerous.”
  22. One specimen is enough of a sample to tell what spiders live in a house.
  23. Spiders come into houses in the fall to get out of the cold.
  24. House spiders should be put “back outside.”
  25. Spiders in bathtubs or sinks came up through the drains from sewers.
  26. “Those large, hairy spiders I find in my house are wolf spiders.”
  27. Spiders in the home are a danger to children and pets.
  28. The daddy-longlegs has the world’s worst venom, but it can’t bite you.
  29. Doctors can always tell what spider bit you from the bite alone.
  30. Any spider ever even suspected of being dangerous, is.
  31. A potted cactus in someone’s home exploded and scattered baby tarantulas!
  32. A deadly, exotic spider lurks under airport and airplane toilet seats.
  33. A gigantic, rare, endangered and (of course) deadly spider lives in tunnels under Windsor Castle.
  34. Spiders can hold their breaths to avoid inhaling pesticides.
  35. You swallow an average of four live spiders in your sleep each year.
  36. Spiders drink moisture from the mouths or lips of sleeping humans.
  37. When black widow spiders mate, the female always kills and eats the male.
  38. Spider eggs may turn up in human hairstyles or in bubble gum.
  39. There could be spider eggs inside the tip of that banana.
  40. Baby spiders can hatch out of spider bite wounds.
  41. Certain fruits or nuts can be used to repel spiders.
  42. “A spider bit me while I was asleep.” (No, I didn’t see it, but…)
  43. “How could insects be biting me? I see only spiders in the house!”
  44. You can always tell a spider bite because a spider leaves 2 punctures.
  45. Some spiders are poisonous and others are not.
  46. Tarantulas are dangerous or deadly to humans.
  47. Some spiders are deadly.
  48. But there are really deadly spiders in Australia and Brazil.
  49. “The dreaded Brown Recluse spider has bitten people in my area!”
  50. You can identify “brown recluse” spiders by a violin shape.
  51. Spiders carry germs on their fangs that can cause infection.
  52. People have lost arms and legs because of spider bites.
  53. Spider “infestations” should be controlled with pesticides.

According to Rod Crawford, Curator of Arachnids, Burke Museum all of the above are false. For more information, go to: www.burkemuseum.org/spidermyth

Happy Halloween!!!