Do Spiders Have Feelings?


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In this blog post, we will be discussing the emotional aspect of spiders’ life in great detail and start off by answering the question “Do Spiders Have Feelings?”. 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!

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 have feelings.

Yes, biologically, speaking spiders do experience feelings. Their neurons react to stimuli much like humans; reactions that are reasonable for the situations that they’re in. However, in terms of emotional feelings, the general consensus is that there isn’t much. The complex thought necessary to connect emotions with these biological reactions likely isn’t present in spiders.

So, while spiders likely aren’t capable of feelings like humans experience, they’re still amazing creatures that are the result of millions of years of successful evolution.​​​ However, most experts agree on the idea that spiders aren’t capable of having feelings in the traditional human sense of the word. Research has led many to believe that spiders simply don’t experience emotions in the same way that humans or more complex animals do.

​​​​​​First and foremost, it needs to be stated that ​spiders are capable of some amazing feats. Over millions of years of evolution, they have become extremely proficient at hunting, building, and staying alive in general. Each generation of spider becomes slightly more skilled at going about its daily tasks necessary for survival.

Fun Facts On Spiders!

Do spiders Love Their Family?

No, not most of them, while not usually considered paragons of tender, familial love, some spiders do have a touchy-feely side? The behaviour of care for other feelow spiders can be found in some social spider species who live in colonies together

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

Do Spiders Love Their Owners?

No, it is highly unlikely for a spider to develop feelings for a human, they barely do it for their own kind, but Spiders are intelligent and many owners say that shy and scared spiders can get used to their new owners being around. It’s hard to say if it’s because they recognize the person or just feel more relaxed after a while.

Do Spiders Show Affection?

No, most of the species of spider do not show affection at all in its simplest meaning. But some species of social spiders have been shown to take care of their other fellow spiders and their younglings and that is the only thing that could fall under the definition of affection to some extent

In short, no, they do not show affection. They just do what they are ‘programmed’ to do, hunt, live, reproduce.

A Video On Social Spiders

Proof of this can be found simply in the males of the species. When they molt into sexual maturity, they usually stop eating, roam around constantly, will attempt to mate if provided an opportunity, and will die sooner than later. They will not molt again. They’ve served their purpose and in nature would most likely become a last meal for the female in question before she lays her eggs, essentially ensuring that the female is fully fed and fattened in preparation for the egg laying.

Sociality In Spiders

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 different 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 bett

Do Spiders Feel Sad?

No, spiders cannot feel sad, they lack the chemicals and complexity; but they can feel threat, fear as well as pain. Spiders and all arachnids are driven by instinct, rather than thought & emotion. They are what we call a sensory-based organism. Responding to its senses and what they detect in their environment.

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, ranker.com 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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