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Weird Spider Myths
Macrothele calpeiana

About 20 lesser-known spider myths, featuring jumping tarantulas, poisonous spider urine, ten-legged spiders, and more.

Large Osage orange fruit

Various natural plant products are alleged to repel spiders. There is no evidence that spiders can even smell them.


Very widespread and persistent legends of spider eggs hatching under human skin, contradict all we know of spider behavior and abilities.

Bananas on plant

Contrary to urban legend, spiders are not able to lay their eggs inside the skins of ripe banana fruit.


In a 20th century legend, spider eggs hatched inside a bouffant hair-do. Not consistent with known spider behavior.

Western Black Widows, Latrodectus hesperus.

Do female black widows always kill and eat their mates? In most species that has never been seen in the wild, just in cages.


If spiders drink from mouths or eyes of sleeping humans, there is no physical or eyewitness evidence of it.


Do you swallow live spiders in your sleep? There's no evidence of it — no specimens, no eyewitness accounts, nothing!

diagram of lungs

The recent idea that spiders "hold their breaths" to escape pesticide is not supported by research. The lung slits can't close completely.

Map of Sadiya

A worldwide 2012 news report claimed "swarms" of deadly spiders suddenly invaded an Indian village. The scare started with 2 snake bites.

European Cave Spider, Meta menardi

A 2001 media blitz about hordes of giant, rare, venomous spiders under Windsor Castle (England) derived from a common, harmless cave spider.


A 1999 internet hoax claimed a deadly exotic spider lurks under toilet seats in planes and around airports; everything in the story is fake.


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