The scariest animal that will never hurt you

Of all the animals that you may encounter in a tropical rainforest, none evoke a more visceral, negative reaction in even the most ardent nature lovers than the tailless whipscorpions. They are members of the order Amblypygi, and among all arachnids they are probably the most undeserving of fear or repulsion. To begin, they are…

Sharp spines, strange sex

I know many arachnophobes; in fact I live with one. But being afraid of spiders of the genus Micrathena¬†is about as rational as being afraid of a diamond brooch. These animals are jewelry come alive, harmless, and each more ornate and vividly colored than the other. There are about 100 known species of Micrathena (Araneidae),…