Hello everyone! Sorry we haven't uploaded a blog in a long time. Today the topic is spiders! There are about a thousand species of arachnid in New Zealand. Arachnid means a creature like an insect but with 8 legs and 2 body parts. That includes spiders, harvestman,
mites, and ticks. They can be found anywhere in the world except in Antarctica.
The three spiders you should avoid in NZ are the well known Red Back, the White tailed spider, and the Katipo. One other spider that is not venomous but can still bite is the tunnel web.
Lots of spiders build wheel-like webs, they are called the orb weavers or orb web spiders. They are commonly found in New Zealand. The biggest found in Australia and Asia is the Golden orb weaver. Orb weavers can bite humans but they don't bite often. The strongest web in the world is created by the Darwin's bark spider, it can build a web that stretches right across a river! It is made of web as strong as steel!
If you see a flat web spun between trees or in a space, you will know it is a sheet web spider. They spin webs that are flat and trampoline-like. They might look big and creepy but they are harmless. They can grow from barely 1cm to 4-6cm. They have huge jaws! You can hold them because they don't bite.
A spider that is common in the tropics is the jumping spider. They can be freaky because you don't know when they will jump on you. My brother and I have had the experience of being "attacked" by the jumping spider. They are completely harmless to humans unless you swallow them! They can be found anywhere except under water!
The diving bell spider is a spider that spends its entire life underwater. It hunts fish and small amphibians. It sticks its abdomen out of the water and collects air and then puts it in a sanctuary where it lives.
Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed!
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