Yes, We Have No Tarantulas Tracking down the first instances of a tarantula in a bunch of bananas in the United States.
Stories of poisonous spiders are much in the news. Here is a terrifying tale of being trapped and tortured by tarantulas.
The March of the Tarantulas: Giant, Poisonous, Aggressive, and Scary Spiders An undulating carpet of giant tarantulas, migrating en masse. The deadly perils of swallowing spiders. Giant spiders who capture and eat mice and birds. Spiders as big as a hat.
From the mid- to late-19th century it was said that a Munich inventor had created a new kind of lace made entirely by caterpillars. Other articles told of dresses made of Madagascar spider silk–from drunken spiders. Were these stories of insect industry true?