Lately Mason has been in to watching stuff on Animal Planet which is AWESOME because it’s something that we can all watch together and truly enjoy and he’s learning lots of cool things about all types of animals and insects.
Whenever we see an animal or insect on TV he likes to tell me little facts and stories he learned about from watching the show. With Halloween days away and a challenge from Orkin to create a bug themed project I thought it would be fun to create a Halloween inspired Spider Web with the Top 10 Poisonous spiders in the world! And Mason? He was ALL for it.
We put our project right on our wall since it’ll be Halloween soon. Mason loves showing anyone who comes over his web and all about the spiders on them and that two of them can be found in our own backyard (The Brown Recluse and Black Widow). If you were creating this project for a science fair or school all you would need to do is scale it down a bit and put it on a poster board!
Yarn (White or Black, depends on your personal preference)
Double Sided Tape
Black Construction Paper
Start by making a small circle with double sided tape. I cut 4 strips and made a “circle” out of them. Then place the yarn on the tape to create a circle.
You may find that you need to add more tape or adjust the yarn to make it look more like a circle but it doesn’t have to be perfect to still get the effect of the web. Repeat the steps again placing the tape about an inch or two from the first set.
Then add the yarn. Mason helped me the whole time by helping to place the tape and holding the yarn for me!
Repeat adding the tape and the yarn until you have 6 total circles. The larger your circles become the more tape you’ll need.
Once all 6 circles have been made use the yarn to measure about an inch passed the biggest circle on both sides. Cut the yarn and use it as a template to make a total of 6 pieces of yarn. Then make an X with two pieces using the double sided tape to hold them down
Repeat with the remaining four pieces of yarn make sure that each pieces crosses in the middle, again, it doesn’t have to be perfect !
Now that your web has been made it’s time to print out the top 10 poisonous spiders. Mason and I did this together. We found the pictures and then read about each and every spider. The Orkin Ecologist had some great info on spiders which helped us collect our information!
Top 10 Most Poisonous Spiders
10. Yellow Sac Spider
This severity of this spider’s bite has been disputed but since it’s possibly necrotic (fleshing eating) nature and its link to MRSA infection it can be very dangerous. This spider is found in Europe, North America, South Africa and Japan making it relatively common.
9. Fringed Ornamental Tarantula
Of the tarantula spiders these are the most aggressive and venomous. Their fangs are long and it is extremely painful to be bitten by one of these! They’re typically found in the tropics!
8. Chinese Bird Spider
These spiders are found in China and Vietnam. They are aggressive and do not hesitate to bite humans if they’re a disturbed. It is lethal in small doses to mice and rats in lab settings so its assumed very dangerous to humans as well.
7. Mouse Spider
These spiders are found primarily in Australia and although their bite is venomous, they rarely bite humans unprovoked and and when they do the Funnelback Spider’s anti-venom works well!
6. Brown and Chilean Reculse Spider
These spiders are cousins. While the Chilean Recluse is local to Chile the brown recluse is found in certain parts of Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. It’s also found from central Texas to Western Georgia and North to Kentucky. These spiders are NOT aggressive and only bite when pressed up against skin. Sometimes the bite is harmless other times it causes the skin to die and rot.
5. Redback Spider
These spiders are similar to the next spider on our list, the Black Widow. As you can see they have different back markings but they’re both red! This spider is native to Australia but has been inadvertently spread to New Zealand, Japan and greenhouses in Belgium. It’s venom is neurotoxic to humans but an anti venom is available! *whew*
4. Black Widow Spider
These spiders are found mainly in North America and get their name from the female spiders who will eat their male counterpart. While they’re highly venomous rarely will a human die from it’s bite.
3. Sydney Funnel Web
The Sydney Funnel web spider is found in New South Wales (So glad to live in America) and can range from 1.5-3.5 cm in size. The male Sydney Funnel Web venom is the most dangerous unfortunately!
2. Six Eyed Sand Spider
This spider is typically found in desserts and sand regions in southern Africa. It buries itself in the sand and then ambushes its prey. It’s venom is potent and causes blood vessel leakage, thinning of blood and tissue destruction.
1. Brazilian Wandering Spider
If you’re from anywhere but South America you’re in luck because these highly venomous spiders are only find in South America. Not only are they venomous but they’re also known to be aggressive. Luckily an anti venom DOES exist and few fatalities have occurred since.
Now that I’ve officially creeped myself out and probably you too, let’s finish up with the project, shall we?
For a Halloween touch I used black construction paper to cut out EEK and an exclamation point. I tape those up underneath the web. You can find a template for the letters here.
And you’re done! This project is relatively easy but perfect for learning about spiders and creating a scary *real life* Halloween decoration!