Horrible, poisonous and flying arthropods could have frightened any person who don’t know much about the arthropods’ behavior or who exaggerate their abilities because of having arachnophobia. Nevertheless, all these…

Flying Spiders are Around Us

Horrible, poisonous and flying arthropods could have frightened any person who don’t know much about the arthropods’ behavior or who exaggerate their abilities because of having arachnophobia. Nevertheless, all these traits relatively belong to spiders. Are they horrible? It’s a personal point of view. Are they poisonous? Yes, to some extent, but viral spiders’ venom is secure for humans. Now some words about flying spiders.

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Flying Spiders: Hoax or Truth?

Winged arachnids have appeared on the Internet quite recently. But scientists have proved that they were only a hoax. Flying spiders (as you can imagine them with having wings) do not exist in nature. The photo depicts a common creeper, which had caught an insect. The arthropod was added with wings in Photoshop and pasted in an article of an old newspaper. But the snap is not genuine as caption style does not coincide with any newspaper print.

Wingless but Flying

Ballooning

At the same time, there are spiders, which can fly without wings. First of all, we should mention that they do not actually fly, but drift in the air. This event takes place yearly in fall when spiderlings climb as high as they can in their habitat and plane on their web threads. Sometimes the wind is so strong that it can throw little pilgrims up to several kilometers away from their hatching place.

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In fact, the spiders can not fly, it is Photoshop.

Flying Spiders in Australia

They once were seen in Australia. Extremely large quantity of baby spiders literally cast the sky and then landed down covering the landscape with the web. The scenery looked as though there had been snowing! Though, it occurs very rarely. Usually, the ballooning goes unnoticed for most people and doesn’t bother them.

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To move the spiders use webs.

Gliding in the Air

Another sample of flying spiders is adult species’ drifting. They do not mean to change their habitat. They aim to flee from threatening predators. The spiders live in South America and are named as   Selenops. They are large enough but flat and light. They hunt on insects living high above the ground. Having jumped down, the spiders are able to soar deftly using their front legs. It is interesting that in the air they are as agile as cats when they land absolutely safely and with high accuracy.

Frankly speaking, spiders have ideally conformed to living in their niche and it seems that they don’t need wings at all. What for? When hunting they use either the web or fast running and exact jumping skills. Their threads are so genuinely constructed that they allow baby species to disperse at long distances. And finally, the arthropods are great concealers. They use deception, playing dead tricks, ambush hunting and at last daredevil planning in the air. All these abilities give them perfect chances to survive without having wings.

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