Araneus: “The fascinating world of spiders and scorpions” exhibition.

The biggest spider in the world? A blue-glowing scorpion? Several dozen of live specimens are waiting to be seen at the educational exhibition in Muzeum Regionalne in Stalowa Wola (Poland). It is a great opportunity not only to get familiar with interesting facts but also to break stereotypes about those animals. Although the exhibition was named “World of spiders”,
one can also see other arachnids amongst them. The exposition might be a significant contribution to the
story of spiders’ adaptive skills. And there are over 42 000 species of the
spiders on the earth! The spiders were always
near us and they still often strike
fear in our hearts, especially the bigger
ones, more exotic to us. They are not as scary as they seem to be. Admittedly, they are venomous – all the spiders in the world have venom. But their venom is usually weak and harmless to the humans. It seems, that the Western culture instilled a myth that the spider nearby is a killer. That is untrue. The spiders are usually harmless and prefer to flee. That is untrue. The spiders are usually harmless and prefer to flee. Even in case of spider’s bite, the amount of injected venom is small. That is why they are not dangerous and we should be busting stereotypes about them. The point about the venom is rather individual because you can be allergic to it, however in most cases after the bite, it results only with swelling and the pain that will last a couple of hours. The exhibition fascinates with a variety of the species. We can see Theraphosa blondi – considered to be world’s largest spider, black widow or the emperor scorpion, that changes skin color. In general, representatives of four rows of arachnids. have been made presented here. These are spiders, scorpions, and whipscorpions, this is such a pseudo-scorpion …… …… also there are dicotyledons. These are the animal closely related to both spiders and scorpions, but nevertheless, they form separate rows within the arachnids cluster. In addition to these animals, we have also millipedes, that are not closely related to the spiders and scorpions, however, we joke, that they are here at the exhibition, because they are so disgusting. The spiders are used to their living space and they do not need much of it, that is why they do so well here. Some of them can reach the age of 40! Generally, the tarantulas do not build ‘the hunting’ web. In summer, in the woods we see a lot of round hunting webs of cross spiders. In terms of tarantulas that is not this way. Certainly, they often build the web, which is strong, but it has rather a defensive function, protecting the spider against the predators. Sometimes some prey might get tangled up in a spider web and it will be easier to be hunted by the spider, but the tarantulas are not straight web-hunters. They rather wait for the prey. They have very sensitive limbs and react to the ground shaking, and when e.g. the lizard approaches spider’s burrow – the spider already knows and attacks rapidly. Destroying tarantula’s web
requires a lot of strength. Little birds can’t do it. You can learn all those facts
from our educational offe, supplemented with art
workshops. We have prepared workshops for small
children (called Tekla’s web) and for organized groups of older
children – we will be preparing special spider’s phone
case or small pendants. The exhibition is open until April 29th in Muzeum Regionalne, Staszica 14. All the details regarding workshops
booking are available at our www.

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