The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto inaugurated a large exhibition of live and stuffed spiders, which includes 400 specimens of the 48,000 different species of spiders known to exist and explains how these animals have survived 300 million years longer than dinosaurs. This event is the first time when the museum, which in previous exhibitions has exhibited a giant whale skeleton, shows live animals. In total, there are 18 different types of live spiders, including tarantulas and other arachnids.
Spiders are among the oldest and most fascinating creatures on Earth
Before the dinosaur era, the arachnids were already crawling on the surface of the Earth and had survived more than 300 million years, even after the Chicxulub asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs.
The current record for the biggest spider is a 165 million-year-old fossil known as Mongolarachne Jurassica, while the Tasmanian Cave Spiders have lived for 200 million years and their long legs, which can reach 18 centimeters, make them one of the largest in Australia.
Unlike insects that have six legs and antennas, these eight-legged, two-eyed, antenna-less arachnids belong to the same family, along with scorpions, ticks, and mites. They’re the only creatures that produce webs that serve as protection from other predators, to trap their prey, attract their mate, and house their eggs.
Also, spider venom has been studied by scientists to create insecticides or for treating patients with chronic pain, epilepsy, heart disease, and other diseases.
Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto presents the “Spiders: Fear And Fascination” exhibition
Through videos, multimedia projections and interactive modules the visitors can experience being virtually surrounded by these fascinating eight-legged insects. In addition to presenting spiders’ ritual mating “dances,” skin change, and reproduction, the exhibition includes a golden layer made of spider web and information on how scientists use the spiders’ venom.
Initially developed by the Australian Museum, the exhibition “Spiders: Fear and Fascination” will be on display at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto until January 6th, 2019.
Species such as the black widow, tarantula, yellow garden widow, desert spider, goldenrod crab, Peacock, Hobo and hundreds of tiny spiders are exhibited at the “Spiders: Fear And Fascination” exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.
Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.