Not True Insects – Arthropod – Spiders & Centipedes

Arthropod means segmented feet; arthro = joint, poda = foot. Including insects, this huge group contain animals often mistaken for insects such as spiders and centipedes.

Many people think of spiders as creatures that live in dark places, like basements and crawl spaces. In fact, spiders can be found in almost every type of environment. Swamp spiders in the family Pisauridae live in wetlands and swamps. Others, called Fishing Spiders, live near ponds and streams. Many of these swamp spiders and fishing spiders get their food right out of the water.

Orb Weaver Spider

Orb web spiders are a large and diverse group of spider ranging in size and coloration. Read More

Jumping Spider

This small tropical jumping spider is a proficient day hunter that does not rely on webs to catch its prey. Read More

Fishing Spider

This pisaurid fishing spider from Ecuador displays a characteristic curved row of posterior eyes. Read More

Tailless Whipscorpion

Tailless whipscorpion run sideways on six legs, with their front pair having specialized ferocious pincers to catch its prey. Read More

Tarantula Spider

Constructing her elegant silk funnel web at the entrance to the dining room, this female tarantula spider usually moved extremely slowly and was protected by a coat of irritation causing hairs. Read More (Pest Library)

Indonesian Millipede

Diplopoda in Greek means two legs. Millipedes possess two pair of short legs per visible body segment. Read More