Just ran across this great article that explains how many “bites” that people self-diagnose as spider bites, are unlikely to actually be caused by spiders. It may seem that I stress this misconception a lot on the site, but it is one of the main reasons why people are so scared of spiders, and so willing to harm them or to look at them in disgust, when really, they are such fascinating creatures! Spider bites do occur, and can be dangerous, but the reality is that they are quite rare compared to much *more* dangerous arthropods and diseases.
OK. Enough ranting from me… Enjoy your week, and if you find any cool spiders, feel free to send me some pictures or stories about them!