You’re probably familiar with the Itsy Bitsy Spider who was washed out by the rain when he went up the water spout. We do not know which of the more than 30,000 species of spiders The Itsy Bitsy Spider belonged to, but it probably wasn’t a Fishing Spider, which can walk on the water surface, dive after prey and stay submerged under water for 45 minutes, or a Goliath Bird-Eating Spider which isn’t so itsy with a leg span of up to 12 inches and weight of more than 6 ounces.
Spiders are arachnids, they are not insects. Insects have six legs, antennae and some have wings. Spiders have eight legs and do not have antennae or wings. Arachnids and insects do have something in common: they both have a hard outer skeleton and legs with jointed sections.
The word arachnid comes from arachne, which is the Greek word for spider. According to Greek mythology, a young weaver named Arachne believed that her weaving skills were better than that of the goddess Athena. Athena challenged Arachne to a contest and Arachne proved that her weaving was just as good as Athena’s. However, Arachne insulted Athena in the way in which she portrayed the gods in her weaving. As punishment, Athena changed Arachne into a spider.