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Spiders

Spiders or Arachnids existed millions of years ago. They are now all over the world except in Antarctica. There are many types, about one thousand have been identified from fossils the oldest from the Silurian age about 400 million years ago! There are over 40,000 different sorts – an amazing number. Most use their sticky spun webs to catch insects although some larger ones from other countries, will catch lizards and small birds. A small number, again, from other countries are poisonous to people. Most are harmless and a great help in catching insects, sometimes in our homes but mainly in our gardens. Some people are afraid of them although they do no harm, in most cases, but they are fascinating to watch if you ever see one spinning a web in the garden these webs look wonderful especially on a clear and frosty morning where the patterns have been high-lighted by the white frost.