Spiders can sense electrical currents in the air and use them to launch themselves upward, traveling up to hundreds of miles. Occasionally a “mass ballooning” occurs, where so many spiders descend from the sky it looks like snow.
Male spiders give female spiders gifts of prey wrapped in silk to increase mating success. Wrapping the gift in silk prevents the female from stealing it without copulating and sometimes conceals that the gift is just random trash.
Spiders can fly for miles and have been found 2.5 miles above earth surface.
Australian Funnel-Web Spiders, one of the most dangerous species of spiders, can survive underwater up to 24-30 hours.
A woman jumped from a moving car after seeing a spider on her shoulder. The 9 year old passenger attempted to stop the car, hit the gas, and collided with a school bus. The boy had minor injuries and no one else was hurt.
Scientists estimate that if spider silk could be faithfully reproduced with the thickness of a pencil, it would be strong enough to stop a large jet plane in flight.
An episode of Peppa Pig had to be banned in Australia because it showed Peppa being friendly to spiders, which was not considered safe for kids due to the toxicity of many Australian species.
An episode of ‘Peppa Pig’ had to be banned in Australia because it taught children that spiders aren’t that scary. It was considered too dangerous to teach Australian kids that spiders are not to be feared.
Spiders can use Earth’s electrostatic field to propel themselves up to 2.5 miles into the atmosphere.
A Missouri family sued the previous owners of a house that they had just bought after Brown Recluse Spiders “started bleeding out of the walls.” An expert came in and estimated that the house was infested with 4,000 – 5,000 of the spiders.
One million golden orb-weaver spiders lent their silk to create a shimmering, golden textile. Each spider had to be caught and “milked” by hand.