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Innocent monsters – don’t be afraid of big spiders

Avatar of inke inke - 09. April 2019 - Environment

Wall spiders are well camouflaged in their natural environment on rocks, wood or bark. Inside the house they get immediately noticed and many people are afraid of them, even though they are useful catching flies and mosquitoes. These spiders are world champions in spinning around.

Dirk Heinrich

What do you think about spiders? Are they disgusting, dangerous, frightening? That is what most people think of them and therefore countless harmless and useful spiders are killed. With a few exceptions most spiders in Namibia do not cause any harm to humans. An example: 

Selenopidae, known as wall spiders and flatties, have a diameter of up to 5 centimetres. They are extremely flat and often found in buildings. They are completely harmless for humans and they are useful. They make short work of mosquitoes, flies and other pests. Their running and striking speeds place them among the world’s fastest land animals. And - a wall spider manages three pirouettes within the blink of an eye. A world record!

For more information about spiders in Namibia please have a look on Namibia Outdoor. 

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