DYK: All spiders, of course, travel around their immediate territory on foot. But small and young spiders can travel for many miles being carried through the air by a breeze. This method of travel is called ballooning. It depends upon the spider being in the right position so that the breeze draws out a line of silk from one of the spinnerets on its abdomen. The long, delicate strand of silk is carried high up into the air with the tiny spider suspended at its end.
I was cleaning my pythons enclosure and saw spider trot by. At first id thought id found a black widow (which is very rare around here) but then i kept researching and as it turns out that it was in the same family, Theridiidae, of the black widows and red backs but rather then Latrodectus it is actually a Steatoda. That being said its most likely a Steatoda Grossa but honestly to tell most spider species apart, after a certain category, it gets down to sexual organs. but shes gorgeous i wish i could send a picture but alas technology wont allow it. i absolutley adore Spiders i already have an orb weaver and a Avicularia versicolor sling on the way. My last Avic just got very old and passed away.
Cheers, Peter Amelia
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DYK: In Greek mythology, the weaver Arachne who challenged Athena to a contest of skill was changed into a spider by the angry goddess.