The oldest evidence of the Chinese hourglass spider—a kind of trapdoor arachnid—dates back to 2 B.C.E. It was mentioned in Er Ya, the oldest surviving Chinese dictionary, which was published sometime between 2 and 5 B.C.E.
Wenhua decided to keep the spider for the time being, but since learning of its tremendous value, he hoped to be able to sell the arachnid to a good home—provided the price and the conditions were right. The prospective buyer can’t be at all squeamish in order to face this creepy critter!
This Chinese hourglass spider might’ve looked different from other arachnids, but its behavior was very much the same. Like other trapdoor spiders, it made its nest underground and it used its natural surroundings to hide itself. This way, it could successfully capture its next meal without becoming prey itself.
Knowing just how rare it was, there were sure to be countless folks clamoring to adopt Wenhua’s unique-looking arachnid. It might not be warm and fuzzy, but it was truly exceptional in its own special way!
Can you believe that this farmer happened to stumble across such a rare find? These spiders don’t even look like living creatures. You never really know when you’re going come across something amazing outside. Watch the Chinese hourglass spider in action below!
This spider is pretty creepy-looking, but it’s absolutely fascinating that something so rare has been documented. What an incredible moment for science!
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