Did you know that scientist have identified over 450,000 different species of spider? In addition, scientists think that they have only discovered and cataloged less than half of the world’s spiders. That means there are a lot more spiders that need to be discovered. If you are like seven percent of the population, the idea of spiders fills you with dread. Arachnophobia is the most common fear, but if you are able to get over the terror those long spindly legs produce, you can begin to see that spiders are pretty amazing and beneficial.
The Stick Spider
If you are ever wandering around in Australia, you might run into this amazing arachnid. The stick spider, or whip spider has a long body that is either green of brown. When at rest it keeps its long legs parallel to its body. It looks exactly like a twig from a tree. You might walk past several and never know. If you are thinking you can identify the spider by its web, think again. Unlike traditional orb weaver spiders, the stick spider does not create a large web. Instead, the stick spider creates a few long stands of silk that descend to the ground from its perch on a tree or bush. There it waits until the perfect opportunity.
The Perfect Opportunity
When an unsuspecting insect or spider decides to take a stroll through the Australian underbrush, they might not make it very far. While walking around, the might run into a few sticky strands of spider silk. Before they can even think of brushing off the silky strands, the stick spider descends from above and wraps it up the bug in webbing. The stick spider has a special adaptation to its legs that look like a small comb. This comb foot makes it so the webbing can be wrapped quickly and efficiently. Now the stick spider has a big juicy bug meal and is ready to eat.
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