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.
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