Pictured; Fish-Eating Spider, National Geographic:
According to a new study, spiders in 8 of the world’s 109 arachnid families can catch and consume small fish. Some of them can even subdue fish five times heavier than they are.
Each year, about 27 million tons of spiders consume somewhere between 440 million and 880 million tons of insects, new research finds. The new study, published in the journal The Science of Nature, finds that spiders’ food consumption rivals — or perhaps dwarfs — the 440 million tons (400 million metric tons) of meat and fish all the humans in world eat each year.
It’s impossible to say how many individual insects it takes to get to some 800 million U.S. tons or how many spiders put together weigh 27 million tons, Nyffeler, a senior lecturer in biology, told Live Science. There is too much variation in the estimates, he said. For example, no one knows how many juvenile (and thus smaller) spiders there are per every larger adult. A British arachnologist did estimate in 1947 that there were approximately 2.2 trillion spiders in England and Wales alone, Nyffeler noted.
The current world (human) population is 7.5 billion as of March 2017 according to the most recent United Nations estimates elaborated by Worldometers.
Thus, spiders truly dominate the planet!
The Science of Nature
As someone who has an irrational fear of spiders, such that it even began to give me bizarre nightmares in adulthood, I have investigated the symbology of this archetype in an attempt to learn from it in hopes of overcoming my fears. While I’m still not really partial to arachnids, I do find them fascinating but also terrifying, much like the ancient Hindu Goddess Kali who has become a large part of my studies.
I plan on using this site to display some of my findings as well as an attempt to gather information from others who have found this archetypal totem to be significant in some way in their own lives. Please feel free to contact me with any information relating to your own experiences, dreams, fears, learning, or anything related to this symbol.
I am also in the process of building my outline for a book, also titled Spider Wisdom, in which I hope to eventually make public as I feel, with the coming Procession of the 2012 Winter Solstice, the Wisdom revealed seems to be strongly related to the upcoming evolution of this planet and possibly part of a new paradigm for the future!
I have been researching this topic, syncronistically enough, for approximately eight years before feeling I have found and “confirmed” enough information to begin finally compiling my book and starting this site. Stay tuned for more and please feel free to contact me with any related information and/or questions. I hope anyone interested in this topic will join this site and engage in the topics. Blessings!