Spiders are as fascinating as they are integral to the natural ecosystems of Africa as they play an invaluable role in controlling pests. Unfortunately for arachnophobes, many species can be found indoors. But fear not – of all the spiders found in Africa
Jumping Spiders stalk their prey rather than spin webs. One species ( Evarcha culicivora), found in Uganda and Kenya, deliberately hunt female mosquitoes which have fed on human blood. Scientific tests show that Eva prefers bloodfilled lady mosquitoes (male mosquitoes do not suck the blood of animals) over all other insects.
The Common rain spider ( Palystes superciliosus) is a species of huntsman spider native to southern Africa. Some species have a total leg span of up to 11 cm (4.3”). Although the rain spider’s fangs look fearsome, its venom is weak. Symptoms resemble those of a common bee sting and bites usually heal by themselves in a matter of days. Rain spiders are named for their habit of seeking refuge in human homes just before the start of summer rains.