Ogre-Faced Spiders Use Their Legs to Hear

T’is the season for all things spooky! That’s why it’s a perfect time to find out that spiders can still hear you, even without ears.

A new study on the ogre-faced spider shows that the arachnid is capable of picking up on sounds through vibrations felt in the legs.

Researchers inserted tiny electrodes into the brains and legs of spiders for this study.

It was found that ogre-faced spiders react differently depending on the frequency of vibrations. Low frequencies would result in “backward” strikes while hunting for food. High frequencies, like sounds of birds, caused spiders to stay motionless.

Are you afraid of spiders? Do you think animals are more perceptive than we might believe?

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