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The Myths of Spiders: Busted

Updated: Jul 1, 2021

Author: Jiayi Chen

Editor: Megan Liu

Artists: Daisy Zheng

Although they may seem like it, spiders aren't insects. Like most insects, spiders seem like insignificant creatures that are everywhere: in furniture, boxes, or even door cracks. People may be startled by these little creatures, and some might even feel horror and disgust toward them. But, what are spiders, what do they do, and are spiders really harmful?

Spiders are intriguing creatures that weave webs and inject venom to prey on small invertebrates. Like insects, spiders belong to the phylum Arthropoda. All spiders are composed of eight legs, two body segments, and a waist. Spiders have an exoskeleton and flexible membrane on their joint which allows for mobility, so they have to molt many times until their maturity for their exoskel