Can spiders lay eggs in people?

Curiosities from the world of spiders

With the lasso to catch prey

The so-called lasso spiders of the genus Mastophora live in America, Africa and Australia and do not build nets - they let themselves hang from a branch by their own thread and hold a second thread with their front legs, at the end of which there is a sticky droplet.

This lasso hurls the spider at butterflies that fly past, which get caught in it, only to be pulled up like on a fishing line and eaten.

Where does Spider-Man get his superpowers from?

He swings through canyons, runs up walls without any problems and has an incredible ability to react: Spider-Man. Since her first appearance in August 1962, the cartoon character has become one of the most famous and popular superheroes.

In 2002 Spider-Man's adventures with Tobey Maguire in the lead role were successfully filmed.

The comic and film tell the story of the shy and inconspicuous student Peter Parker. During a visit to a research laboratory, he is bitten by a spider that is radioactive in the comic and genetically manipulated in the film. Peter then develops superpowers.

In addition to greater strength, speed and ability to react, his body also produces spider threads in Sam Reimi's film adaptation, which Peter can fire from his wrists at will. A big step forward, because in the comic book template from the 1960s, Peter still had to build this net-shooting device himself.

Spiders that mimic ants

A whole series of species has developed among the jumping spiders whose physique not only looks amazingly similar to that of certain ants, but which even imitate the behavior of ants in order to make the illusion perfect.

For example, they only walk on six of their eight legs and hold the foremost pair of legs forward across the ground so that they act like the antennae of an ant.

This camouflage allows some species to penetrate ant nests in order to prey on ant larvae. For others, it seems to be enough to look like particularly inedible ants in order not to be eaten by birds.

Did the dinosaurs get caught in the spiders' webs?

Spiders have been around for more than 350 million years. If one looks at fossil spiders, for example in amber, one sees almost no difference to species living today.

So by the time of the dinosaurs, the web-building skills of the spiders were probably already fully developed. That means that maybe a tyrannosaurus had to wipe the cobwebs off its face.

However, even then there were no man-sized giant spiders, so the spiders were more likely to target insects than dinosaurs.

Are there spiders that lay eggs under human skin?

The eerie tale of spiders who lay their eggs under the skin of cattle or humans, where the baby spiders then feed on muscle meat until they eat their way through their skin three weeks later and are released into freedom, is a fictitious one Horror story.

No spider in the world has an ovipositor with which it could lay its eggs in animals.

In general, spiders look for quiet, dry spots for their brood, where they usually lay their eggs in tightly spun silk cocoons that they attach to plants.