Arachnids are a large class of arthropods (invertebrate animals) that include mites and ticks, scorpions, and the largest class, spiders. Spiders make up the majority of arachnids, with over 50,000 species living worldwide, and over 600 of them living in Utah!
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Help researchers by recording where Spiders live in Utah with iNaturalist.
- Take a walk outside to look for spiders, and photograph ones you come across. Useful spider observations added to iNaturalist should include at least one close-up photo, and, if possible a photo of the web. Any spider photo taken in Utah added to iNaturalist between 8/3-8/9 will be added to the event. How many spiders can you find? See the results here.
- What is iNaturalist? Find out here.
- Read about making useful spider observations on iNaturalist
Connect with Local Experts
Join NHMU Citizen Science volunteer, iNaturalist Curator, and spider lover Rebecca Ray to learn more about Utah Spiders in this recorded interview.
Explore More About Our Eight-Legged Friends
What makes a spider a spider? Here are the key features:
- 8 legs and 2 body parts (a cephalothorax and abdomen)
- spinnerets capable of making silk (all spiders make silk- but only some of them use this silk to catch prey)
- fangs capable of injecting venom (most venom is not poisonous to humans)
Investigate with Science Friday about the ecological importance of spiders, their fascinating role in communities and the intricate art of web making.
Did you know that spiders “listen” to the silk strands of their webs like stringed instruments? This is how they locate their prey and find what may have been caught in their web. Discover more fun facts about Spiders and Invertebrates with National Geographic for Kids.
Still curious about spiders? Search ABC education articles to look into your spider questions and learn more!.