Spiders, as you probably recall from high school biology, have 8 legs and are in a class of animals called arachnids. Scorpions and ticks are also in that class but insects are not. Insects are a 6-legged class of invertebrates.
As kids, we loved spiders. We learned to recite Itsy Bitsy Spider and Little Miss Muffet. And as we got a bit older, we read Charlotte's Web. So when was it we started thinking of spiders as creepy and dangerous? Of the over 40,000 species in the world, only a handful of species are harmful to humans.
Some spiders lay as few as two eggs at a time, but most lay about 1,000! Most species spin beds of silk resembling cocoons which they hang in hidey-holes to keep the eggs safe. Some spiders carry the newborn spiderlings on their backs as represented by these unsigned rhinestone pins.
A spider's web is made of silk. Reading about it I learned that some in the scientific community belief it to be the strongest material in nature and are working to reproduce it synthetically.
An abandoned spider's web is called a cobweb. This last photo reminds me of an abandoned web.
Here's hoping you never acquire arachnophobia!
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