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We hope you are excited for YCITYSCI’s summer activities to kick off this week! This week our activities will revolve around the app Spider Spotter. This is a citizen science app that helps collect data on spiders and their webs. To start our Spider Spotter week, here are some fun facts that you may not have known about spiders.
- Female spiders can lay up to 3,000 eggs at one time.
- Spiders are considered arachnids, not insects.
- Spiders typically have eight eyes.
- An abnormal fear of spiders is called ‘arachnophobia’.
- All 40,000 species of spider produce silk.
- While humans have muscles on the outside of our skeleton, spiders have muscles on the inside.
- Hummingbirds use the silk from spider webs to weave their nests.
- Jumping spiders can jump up to 50 times their own length.
- Abandoned spider webs are called cobwebs.
- Giant Huntsman spiders have leg-spans of around 12 inches.
- Spiders eat other pests such as flies, moths, centipedes, and fleas.
- Female spiders are known to eat their male mate.
- Spider blood is blue due to oxygen in their blood binding to copper.
- Spiders eat more insects than birds and bats combined.
- When a spider travels, it always has four legs touching the ground and four legs off the ground.
For more information and to participate in this week’s activities, follow YCITYSCI’s blog.