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How close are you to a spider?

An estimated 1 million spiders live in one acre of land. The number might be closer to 3 million in parts of the tropics. It is estimated that a human is never more than 10 feet away from a spider—ever. So now you know!

There were many butterfly wings scattered under this lovely Lantarna shrub, and the reason was this large crab-spider happily living where his food turned up every day! Crab spiders use camouflage, and they normally adapt and match their colour to their surroundings, waiting patiently until an insect comes by. Then they will just reach out and grab their lunch. Crab Spiders are "hunters". They don't spin webs. The female spider can spin webbing, which is not to catch prey, but to hold eggs. They usually fold a leaf over the eggs and spin webbing to secure them and hide them from predators.

Fascinating spider facts:

- Spiders are NOT insects, which have 3 parts to their bodies. Spider bodies have two parts, a cephalothorax, and an abdomen. n early comic books, the radioactive spider that bites Peter Parker is incorrectly referred to as an insect.

- With the exception of one family, all spiders are venomous

- There are approximately 38,000 known species of spiders, with probably many more to be discovered.

- Spiders are found on every continent except Antarctica.

- When a spider travels, it always has four legs touching the ground and four legs off the ground at any given moment.

- oh, and lastly the bite of the Brazilian wandering spider can cause long and painful erections, as well as other symptoms, in human males....so do be careful if you are dusting in Rio!

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