Image: Thomas Shahan
As if spiders weren’t strange enough creatures, with their eight legs and eight eyes, some seem to have even donned fur coats that would put any grizzly bear to shame! The spiders we’re about to present almost look as if they’ve come from outer space. It doesn’t matter that many of them aren’t even an inch tall: macro photography makes them look like alien giants. But see for yourself.
When distinguishing spiders, one prominent question is: how many eyes do they have, are they all the same size, and in how many rows are they arranged? The question of whether they’re hairy or not doesn’t concern us today: we’re only going to look at hairy critters!
5. Orb-weaver Spiders
A very hairy orb weaver in action
Orb-weaver spiders belong to the Araneidae family and are named for their wheel-shaped webs. With 2,800 species, theirs is the third largest family of spiders. Orb weavers have eight similar eyes (yup, that’s right – eight!) and eight legs that are often hairy or spiny.
Image: Noodle snacks
Time for a shave
This spider belongs to the family of Eriophora heroine, or Eriophora pustuosa, commonly found throughout the Americas, Australasia and Africa.