I can distinctly remember the time me and my best friend started talking about bugs when he was back from his 6 months work at sea. When we were kids, he and I would collect grasshoppers. However, my best friend knows me all too well that even though I am one of the boys – I have the saddest most dangerous reaction to spiders. I’m highly arachnophobic and though this might appear to be a joke to most people as I sit down and watch my Korean horror films without flinching, the very sight of a spider would get me up and running like my behind was caught on fire.

 

Fear Causes Curiosity

Even though I do have this fear for spiders, it makes me curious. Isn’t that always the case? When you fear something, you just can’t help but want to learn more about them. What make them tick? How long can they live? How many types of these spiders exist in the world? What exactly do they feed on? And even though I go completely pale and start feeling sick by the sight of them, I can’t deny the fact that they are one of the world’s most interesting insects.

 

These Bugs, They’re All Venomous

Bugs (The fascinating world of bugs, insects, spiders, termites and ants)I remember someone telling me that not all of the spiders in the world are venomous. Contrary to this belief, this is false. Not to scare you or anything, but the only spider family that don’t have venomous glands are the Uloboridae family. Everything else that isn’t part of the clan, are venomous insects. This is probably because it’s important for them to have this as it is one way of catching their prey and feeding. It’s pretty much like money for us humans: without it, it’ll be very hard to survive the world we live in today.

 

Once A Predator – Always A Predator

Some spiders feast on other spiders, but every spider is a predator and not a prey. They’re carnivorous and very stealthy hunters. While some of them would spin a web to catch a meal, most of them who don’t spin a web would create traps to catch something to munch on. A fun fact about spiders is that they don’t ever eat their prey in solid form. They need to liquefy their prey in order for them to eat. I know it sounds a little insane, but one look in one of those beady eyes of the spider and you know they indeed like to suck the life out of their prey.

 

Bugs That Dance For Their Life – And In The Name Of Love

Bugs (The fascinating world of bugs, insects, spiders, termites and ants)This is probably the funniest and intriguing part in the life of a spider. The female spider is often known to eat the males. It’s pretty much like how a female praying mantis would off her male partner after doing the ‘deed’. In order for a male spider to identify himself to the female as a suitor, he has to do a ritual of a sort to impress her. Jumping spiders (one of the spiders that don’t create spider webs) dance around to court the female – if he succeeds, then she’ll accept the courtship, if she doesn’t, then too bad. At least these male bugs try.