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10 of the World’s Weirdest Spiders

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10 of the World’s Weirdest Spiders

By Blythe Copeland, TreeHugger

Hate spiders? You’re not alone: These leggy arachnids are some of the most feared creatures on Earth, despite their relatively tiny size. But even these creepy crawlies play a big part in nature’s order — often in weird and intriguing ways.

The 10 spiders highlighted here include species that change colors, walk on water, are patterned with eye-catching neon stripes, and have made a miraculous comeback from extinction.

Crab Spider

The one-of-a-kind crab spider gets its name from its ability to move sideways — like a crab — instead of just forward and back like other spiders.

They’re also famous for their color-change abilities, which allow them to camouflage themselves on brightly colored pink, yellow, or white flowers — though recent research shows that spiders who change their color aren’t necessarily more successful hunters than their more obvious counterparts.

Image: Michael Hodge / Creative Commons

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9:55PM PDT on May 22, 2012

@ Kathy P. Why are they hideous?

5:00PM PDT on May 22, 2012

they are beautiful and hideous, they fill me with amazement and terror, and I find them creepy but also very awe inspiring

3:11PM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

I don't like chemicals in the house and spiders are an excellent way to keep unwanted creatures out. If spotted inside I thank them very much and ask them to hide out to do their jobs. My spouse won't kill but does try to capture and relocate to the outdoors not always with the best results.

I like having a couple of permanent pest control people on the job 24 X 7.

6:48AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

I don't like spiders, but that peacock spider is pretty.

3:34AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

I don't like spiders, but I think they like me. Last summer working in my yard and garden, I had about 10 different types; 6 of which were on me. I'd brush them off and tell them to go away.

1:50PM PST on Feb 24, 2012

I don't care for spiders. I won't bother them if they stay away from me!

5:38AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

I love spiders, although I have been bitten twice by them and believe it or not in England, once on my dick, that really hurt for a good day!! But, I was brought up with a story that my Mum used to read to us called, "Charlotte's web". I cannot remember the author but it gave me a life long respect and love for spiders. In ancient Shamanism they are used in ceremonial meditation to heal many things, especially to do with the spinal cord and nervous system. They are also thought of as female energy as they hold the web of the universe together!
I was graced by the spider presence in a deep meditation I did which my brother underwent a difficult operation on three smashed vertebrae after a motorbike accident. I focused on the surgeon at the time of the op and the spider came. Later I discovered that the surgeon was amazed by how well it went ,"like a textbook operation!" he said. It was a very difficult and dangerous operation.
One could say it was imaginary of course, but to me it was very real and I was amazed by it's arrival, even though I have been involved in Shamanism for twenty years. They are amazing creatures, that we can and should learn alot from.

3:07AM PST on Feb 13, 2012

They both fascinate & scare me at the same time. I never kill them though, I catch them in a jar or glass & throw them out! ...where they belong, and wish them luck in the free world.

5:10PM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Thank you for posting this, highly interesting - even though I am not fond of spiders at all, I understand that they are very important to our ecosystem - and that it's not about me, right?

8:26AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

thanks for posting.

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