Arachnophobes to Arachnophiles

Location:Royal Ontario Museum
Address:100 Queen's Park Toronto Map
Start date:December 1, 2018
Time:01:30 PM – 02:30 PM

Saturday, December 1
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Everyone Welcome
Free. RSVP Required.
ROM Admission is not included.

Friendly Spiders in Your House, Gardens and Parks
Explore the natural history of spiders you might find in your basement, backyard, or local forest, and clear up some of the myths about one of the world’s most misunderstood creatures. With over 40,000 known species, spiders are among the most diverse animals on the planet and occupy virtually all habitatable regions of the planet, from the rainforests of Panama to the slopes of Mount Everest. While they are loathed by many and often thought of as deadly, venomous creatures, spiders are essential for ecosystems and help us in immense ways, such as eating crop pests and providing food for highly valued wildlife. Presenting some fascinating spiders facts, including their ability to balloon up into the atmosphere and their unique and diverse uses of silk, this lecture may just help arachnophobes become arachnophiles.