Since the year 2000, only 6 spiders have been discovered.
When you’re out hiking or swimming in nature, what creatures do you dread encountering? Many of us automatically think of creatures with gnashing teeth or razor-sharp claws. Animals like lions, tigers, jaguars, sharks, and grizzly bears inspire plenty of fear. However, there are some people who fear small, creepy crawlers like spiders.
A Chinese farmer wasn’t specifically scared of spiders, but this one definitely freaked him out. While most spiders have 8 legs, this spider had 10, fat and hairy ones. It seemed to have a hard shell covering its upper body, and the most bizarre part was its back, which had what seemed like an ancient engraved design.
Li Wenhua found the spider on his farm in south-west China but took it to his home. With the help of the internet, Li found out that the spider was extremely valuable to many researchers as there have only been six sightings of Chinese hourglass spiders since they were rediscovered in 2000.
Mr. Li explained, “The spider has very high value in scientific research. It is an extremely rare species in Sichuan. I had spent great effort trying to find it, but I didn’t see one.”
The creepy crawler was identified to be a Chinese hourglass spider, an extremely rare spider species that has only been found in China. The earliest evidence of the spider can be found in the oldest surviving dictionary called the Er Ya, which was published sometime between the years of 2 B.C.E. and 5 B.C.E.
Expert Zhao Li said: “The spider has very high value in scientific research. It is an extremely rare species in Sichuan. I had spent great effort trying to find it, but I didn’t see one.”
The spider dates back to as far as the fifth century, and is a type of trapdoor spiders, which are rarely seen as they live underground.