Are Spiders Friendly?

In this blog post, we will be discussing the social aspect of spiders’ life in great detail and start off by answering the question “Are Spiders Friendly?”. Spiders are really fascinating and interesting creatures. You might hate them or they may disgust you but you cannot refuse to believe how impressive these little monsters are!

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Spiders are the most widely inhabited anthropods which mean they are not in anyway insects. Yes, you heard that right spiders are not insects. So why are you reading this blogpost under the name “Insect101” because spiders are commonly perceived as insects and leaving behind our favorite and coolest crawling creep would be such a loss!

Coming back to the main topic of this blog and answering whether spiders are friendly. No, Spiders aren’t friendly nor an enemy they are just neutral as long as you are not a threat to them. A concept of friendliness is something that spiders stear completely clear off, even when with other fellow spiders, spiders do aren’t what we humans would call frinedly as most of the spiders out there live a solitary life and would attack anything they feel threatened. However, spiders who live in groups have been seen to be friendly and caring towards the other members of the colony.

Most Friendly Spider

Chikunia bilde, Taking the definition of friendliness in the realm of spiders, the most tolerant spider would who is the calmest and who isn’t dangerous when it comes to humans and if that is the parameter of measurement then there are quite a few friendly spiders that are quite calm and don’t try to harm people. One of the most recent ones that have been discovered is Chikunia bilde, if you want to k now more about these recently discovered friendly creatures getsurry has a great article written on it, you can give that a look “here

Friendliest Spiders

  • Chikunia bilde
  • Brachypelma hamorii
  • caribena versicolor
  • cyriocosmus elegans
  • Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi)
  • Northern Jewelled Spider (Gasteracantha fornicata)
  • Northern Golden Orb Weaver (Nephila pilipes, formerly N.
  • Brown Huntsman Spider (Heteropoda venatoria)
  • Orchid Spider (Leucauge magnifica)
  • Crab Spider (Thomisus spp.)
  • Brazilian Crab Spider (Epicadus heterogaster)
  • psalmopoeus irminia
  • chromatopelma cyaneopubescens

Are Spiders Friendly With Other Spiders

No, most of them aren’t and they would even eat each other when they get the chance butSome of the species of the spiders do prefer to work and live in groups, and these groups are known as “Colonies”

Many species of social spiders have been found to live in the tropical regions of the world. This is where insect size and density is highest and several species end up coming into the eastern United States and other temperate areas. One of the other things that is quite common in social spiders who prefer to live in groups is that they build communal webs.

By building a communal web, these spiders are able to maximize total biomass capture per spider. As Having a larger web which all of the spiders in the group have made commulatibvely means that they will be able to capture bigger insects, birds and sometimes even bats. This is something way bigger then what they are usually able to achieve solitarily. Moreover, Living in a spider colony also has another benefit for spiders and that is cooperative nest maintenance. Nest maintenance does not rely solely on an individual in a colony. This basically means that each and every one of the spiders will be contributing somewhat in one way or another. This also decides up the overall burden and helps in building a better and stronger nest for all

Different Levels Of Sociality In Spiders

Iike we discussed above, there is no uniform level of social aspect present in all of spider species, their social behaviour varies from little to quite a bit depending on the type of spider’ specie in question. Most commonly the social behviours of spiders have been caterogorized into 6 main categories and it is estimated that spiders as anthropod have evolved nearly 19 times when it comes to their social aspects of life. Most of the 6 categories of social behavior of social spiders include spiders using the same nest, copulate each other and provide food if possible

Moving on into a bit more depth into the social life of spiders, the level of sociality can vary quite a bit within a single specie of a spider as well as you might have guessed. This is mostly due to the differnet environments that they are sorounded and the things they are bound to do for survival. These adaptations that they embed into their lifestyles help them survive better.

One of the most social spiders’ species are Anelosimus eximius. They are quite often found working and living together. Moreover they have often also been seen making webs of over 25 feet long and even have upto 50,000 spiders living in their colonies, yea that’s right, over 50,000 spiders living together

Hopefully, this article was heflpul in giving you an insight into the social life of spiders and answering a few questions that you might have had about them. If you are interested in going through some interesting facts about social spiders, has a great article written on just that, you can give it a look “here“. And if you want to go through an article about “Do Spiders Get Revenge?”, we have an article written on that as well, you can give it a look “here

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