25 Most Bizarre Spiders

Posted by , Updated on July 23, 2018


Spiders by nature creep most people out. In fact, about 30% of Americans are afraid of spiders. It’s no wonder why. They’ve got multiple big eyes, many long legs, and scurry about in dark places. But those features don’t even begin to describe most spiders. Many are just down-right bizarre. Evolution has had a large part to play in how these creatures have developed. To survive, they’ve created some unique and weird techniques, including camouflage and efficient hunting abilities. Curious to find out what is out there? Here are 25 Most Bizarre Spiders.


Twig Spider

twig spiderSource: https://animals.howstuffworks.com/arachnids/10-amazing-spiders6.htm

This genius spider has incredible camouflage that makes it look like a twig. Even if you were around one in its native India, you likely wouldn’t even see it. It also spins a Y shaped web rather than the typical kind.


Spiny Orb Weaver

spiny orb weaverSource: https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-23_spiny_orb_weaver_spider.htm

Though frightening, this little spotted guy isn’t dangerous to humans. However, it might build webs in annoying places. This is a unique spider with very recognizable qualities and is usually around the Houston area.


Maratus Volans

peacock spiderSource: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2263955/Peacock-spiders-Maratus-volans--Rare-photos-stunning-tiny-peacock-spiders-south-east-Australia.html

Also called the Peacock Spider, these brightly colored arachnids are very tiny, capable of sitting perfectly on your fingernail. Male Peacock Spiders do a mating dance to attract the females. While 20 known species exist, only 8 have been formally identified.


Myrmarachne Plataleoides

jumping spiderSource: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/nelson-these-amazing-spiders-look-remarkably-like-ants-slide-show/

These sneaky spiders, also known as the Red Weaver Ant Mimicking Spider, look just like an ant to confuse their prey. Even in the animal kingdom, you can trust no one.


Two-Tailed Spider

two tailed spiderSource: http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_spiders/TwoTailedSpider1.htm

The two-tailed spider doesn’t spin a web but lies in wait on a tree or a rock. It sits perfectly still until prey comes along; when it’s in range, it swiftly attacks. If something larger than it approaches, it’ll scurry away faster than you can blink.

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