course, this phobia is not lost to many entrepreneurs.
Many movies have been made that depict people’s worst
nightmares about spiders.
The Halloween market is full of them.
But, let’s take a closer look, and
learn a few facts about them…
belong to a wider group of arthropods knows as arachnids (any
creature that has eight legs).
This group includes other cuddly specimens such as
mites, ticks and scorpions.
But, spiders have some characteristics that are unique
to them. For
example, spiders have two major body parts – a cephalothorax
and an abdomen.
Spiders come in two basic forms – the hunters (like
the little jumping spider on the right) and the weavers (that spin webs
to catch prey). Even
though all spiders are poisonous, very few are dangerous to
humans. Only two
dangerous ones are found in the US: the black widow, which is
found mainly in the southwest, and the brown recluse, which is
found over a much wider area.
few people realize just how beneficial spiders really are.
According to a study of spiders initiated in England
and Holland, there are 131 spiders per square meter, most of
which are very small.
here’s the interesting part:
If you average out the actual weight of the “bug
juice” consumed by these spiders, then multiply that by the
number of square meters in the world where spiders live, you
come up with an astonishing figure.
Spiders of the world consume over 1,870,000,000 lbs. of
bug food PER DAY!!
we say that the average human weighs 150 lbs., then spiders
eat the equivalent weight of over 12,400,000 people PER DAY!!!
Now, imagine if spiders (and other beneficial
creatures, like bats) went on a hunger strike for a week!
All those bugs wouldn’t get eaten!
and all arachnids, can breed very rapidly.
A spider exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute contended
that if a one-acre plot of grass is allowed to grow without
being mowed throughout the growing season, there could be, at
the end of the period, up to 10 million spiders in there!
there is always a spider within 3
feet of you – including right
find it!) In
fact, it’s “worse”
than you imagined -
you have arachnids on you already!
Look at the creature to the left.
It’s a dust mite. They’re living all over you!
And, what about the creature to the right? It’s called an “eyelash mite”.
That’s right, they live in the follicles of your
lower picture shows
end of three mites
crammed into one follicle, with the eyelash to the left.
guess what!….you can’t get rid of any of these!!!
the way, consider spider silk for a moment.
All spiders can spin it, and for various purposes (egg
sacs, escape lines, etc.), but the orb spinners are the ones
that make webs in which to catch bugs.
The main lines that anchor the webs are very strong –
much stronger than steel!
They are also very elastic.
It has been estimated that if spider silk could be spun
to the thickness of a pencil, it would be strong enough to
stop a Boeing 747 jumbo jet in full flight!!
The result of random chance?
Or brilliantly designed little engineers made to do a