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10 Amazing, Beautiful, TERRIFYING Spiders


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David Bowie Spider
The David Bowie spider is named after the singer who used to sport a red mane and fronted a band called the Spiders from Mars. Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt/Peter Jaeger
The David Bowie spider is named after the singer who used to sport a red mane and fronted a band called the Spiders from Mars. Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt/Peter Jaeger

A spider has to be pretty extraordinary to be named after a British rock star. But Heteropoda davidbowie, whose name comes from the bright orange hairs on its red-brown body and legs, fits the bill. (During the early 1970s, Bowie sported a similarly colored mane and fronted a band called the Spiders from Mars.)

These spiders, which are found in Southeast Asia, can grow up to an inch (2.5 centimeters) in length. They don't sing or play the guitar, but they're usually pretty good hunters of insects and other spiders [source: Arkive].


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