According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), phobias are one of the most common mental disorders in the U.S. Roughly about 9% of people in the country have specific phobias but it's possible that in reality, this number is even higher because mental disorders are often under-reported in the States due to the stigma surrounding them.

Arachnophobia, or the fear of spiders and other arachnids, is one of the most prevalent phobias. Just the mere sight of a spider can trigger a fear response, and in some cases, even an image of an arachnid or the thought of a spider can lead to feelings of overwhelming fear and panic.

But spiders can creep out regular folks too. Especially when they are caught by surprise.

#1

Spotted A Spider On A Traffic Light The Other Day And Decided To Snap This Cool Pic

Spotted A Spider On A Traffic Light The Other Day And Decided To Snap This Cool Pic

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Amy Smith
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1 year ago

That is a cool picture

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There's a number of explanations for why phobias develop, including evolutionary and behavioral theories. One of the most common ones for this and similar animal phobias is that such creatures once posed a considerable threat to our ancestors — they lacked the medical know-how and technological tools to address injuries from animals and insects so as a result, evolution contributed to a predisposition to fear these creatures.

But even though there are an estimated 35,000 different species of spiders, only around a dozen pose danger to humans. However, they bring many benefits, too.

"Spiders play an essential part in maintaining ecological balance on earth," Tea, a spider enthusiast and advocate who runs an online project called scienTEAfic, told Bored Panda. "They form a vital link in the global food chain by preying on other invertebrates and small vertebrates, and also providing food for the animals that prey on them as well."

#2

This Spider Hiding In My Garden

This Spider Hiding In My Garden

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Evelína Zlá
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1 year ago

Camouflage level: master

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#3

Perfectly Camouflaged Spider On My Cannabis Plant.

Perfectly Camouflaged Spider On My Cannabis Plant.

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Sara Marie
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1 year ago

This is a beautiful photo. And spider!!!!! Upvote y'all!!!!!! (Photo not my comment) Then go hit your bongs and go to work!! xoxo

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#4

Currently Renovating Our Floors. Seems Everyone Has Come Out Of Hiding

Currently Renovating Our Floors. Seems Everyone Has Come Out Of Hiding

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Eva the Egg
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1 year ago

I assume you burned the house down?

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To put it into context, without spiders, "we would experience insurmountable problems with agricultural failure and disease, to give two high impact examples. Not only this, but spider venom and silk proteins are extremely valuable in medical and technological research and advancement, which is pretty cool!"

In fact, spider silk is the first thing that comes to mind when Tea thinks of these creatures. "The fact that spiders are capable of producing a material so strong and so flexible, and using it in so many ways continues to blow my mind every day!"

"Some spin huge round orb webs that they sit and wait for prey to become ensnared in, some craft nets that they will hold with their feet & grab their prey in," the naturalist explained.

#5

She's A Model And A Survivor

She's A Model And A Survivor

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Bacon beary
Community Member
1 year ago

Jumping spiders are the only spider I can live with. I don't know how but they are so cute <3

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#6

Took A Photo For Biology Class, Noticed The Spider Sitting On The Seed After School

Took A Photo For Biology Class, Noticed The Spider Sitting On The Seed After School

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Amy Smith
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1 year ago

This one's actually kind of cute. :)

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#7

Glove Full Of Spiders

Glove Full Of Spiders

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 year ago

That is one of my worst fears - reaching into a glove with spiders inside

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"Some spiders have excellent eyesight, but others are almost blind. Even species with such poor eyesight are able to hunt extremely effectively by using silk to amplify the vibrations of passing prey and enable them to pinpoint exactly where to strike! Some use their silk as little more than a safety line whilst they're out hunting, and some will use their silk to bind together debris from around their hideaway and make a seamlessly camouflaged trapdoor that they lie in wait beneath, ready to spring out at unsuspecting prey as it passes by!"

#8

Play It By Ear

Play It By Ear

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 year ago

Wtf I would be running to a hospital making them get it out asap! Who has time for photos?! Imagine the noise 😨

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#9

A Spider Walked Along My Copy Of "This Book Is Full Of Spiders"

A Spider Walked Along My Copy Of "This Book Is Full Of Spiders"

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 year ago

Woah i didnt think they meant literally!!!

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#10

Heads Up

Heads Up

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Withnail
Community Member
1 year ago

10/10 would flip my car if that guy decided to drop on my lap :0

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Personally, Tea believes that arachnophobia is understandable and in many cases unavoidable. But the needless killing of spiders, or indeed anything, is not.

"I understand knee jerk reactions, but I think a lot of spider killing is unnecessary, harmful to the environment and so easily avoided with just a little bit of thought. I think by far the most powerful weapon against fear is knowledge, and it is my belief taking the time to learn and understand more about spiders will go a long way in helping a person no longer be afraid of them."

#11

The Way This Spider Nested In A Beer Glass In My Garage

The Way This Spider Nested In A Beer Glass In My Garage

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 year ago

Now we YEET it to the other side of the earth

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#12

Went To Brush My Teeth This Morning When...

Went To Brush My Teeth This Morning When...

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Withnail
Community Member
1 year ago

"No problem mate, I'll check for cavities"

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#13

Got In My Car Last Night, Turned Around And Saw This. Australia’s "Huntsman" Spider. A Big One

Got In My Car Last Night, Turned Around And Saw This. Australia’s "Huntsman" Spider. A Big One

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 year ago

At least it's on the outside lol.

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According to Tea, spiders are much maligned in pop culture and the media, and that contributes to the fact that people develop fear and mistrust of them. However, if you give spiders the benefit of the doubt, you realize that they really are quite delightful, charismatic, and fascinating little creatures.

"I would like to add that for anyone who is afraid of spiders, there is a large community of spider enthusiasts on most social media platforms who would be only too happy to help them find resources to dispel myths and educate them on what spiders are really all about. Lots of cute pictures showing them in a completely different way to that which most people are used to seeing them, too!"

In fact, scienTEAfic is one of these places. Feel free to check it out on Instagram, Twitter, and Patreon.

#14

There’s A Spider In My AC

There’s A Spider In My AC

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Withnail
Community Member
1 year ago

Chill man

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#15

My Biggest Fear When Sitting Down On The Toilet...

My Biggest Fear When Sitting Down On The Toilet...

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Hans
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1 year ago

I do not think that anyone would like to sit on that toilet, even without the spider.

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#16

This Spider On My Back Porch Disguises Itself As A Stick To Fool Prey

This Spider On My Back Porch Disguises Itself As A Stick To Fool Prey

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ejfs
Community Member
1 year ago

"Am not spid, am stick...."

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#17

Spider In A Snow Globe At Target

Spider In A Snow Globe At Target

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Juliet Hadaway
Community Member
1 year ago

mmmm festive

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#18

Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
1 year ago

To be fair, 95% of that cookie is still sweet and crisp

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#19

Have Some Extra Flavor

Have Some Extra Flavor

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
1 year ago

The coffee guaranteed to keep you awake, possibly for the rest of your life

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#20

Thanks I Hate This Cluster

Thanks I Hate This Cluster

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Kylie Leanne
Community Member
1 year ago

Nope.

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#21

Another Spider In The Car. Passenger Nearly Swung The Door Off

Another Spider In The Car. Passenger Nearly Swung The Door Off

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 year ago

Im not surprised, I would've done the same

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#22

I’m Not Going Into The Kitchen Today! Ask Him To Make You Something

I’m Not Going Into The Kitchen Today! Ask Him To Make You Something

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
1 year ago

He seems rather polite and is quite elegant

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#23

Woman Finds Black Widow Spider In Bag Of Grapes From Troy Walmart

Woman Finds Black Widow Spider In Bag Of Grapes From Troy Walmart

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
1 year ago

Bring back the Huntsman spider, all is forgiven

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#24

Went To Take A Drink Of Water From My Cup And Saw This

Went To Take A Drink Of Water From My Cup And Saw This

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Julia Atkinson
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1 year ago

Water slide!

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#25

This Huntsman Spider Was Trying To Connect To The Web

This Huntsman Spider Was Trying To Connect To The Web

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

That's only a wittle baby.

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#26

Yep. That Is Your Drawer Now. Wolf Spider Is Harmless But He Mentally Kicking My Butt

Yep. That Is Your Drawer Now. Wolf Spider Is Harmless But He Mentally Kicking My Butt

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
1 year ago

He's just looking for his eight socks

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#27

In Case You Couldn't Tell How Big The Spider Is

In Case You Couldn't Tell How Big The Spider Is

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
1 year ago

Daylight come and we wanna go home

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#28

Held Hostage By A Giant Spider...

Held Hostage By A Giant Spider...

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

It's a spider.

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#29

So I Found A Massive Rain Spider In My Bathroom

So I Found A Massive Rain Spider In My Bathroom

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Withnail
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

The bathroom will be my new home now. No way I'm reaching for the door handle.

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#30

They May Be Sans Pepins But They Ain't Sans Spider

They May Be Sans Pepins But They Ain't Sans Spider

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Janine B.
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh wow, that little thing is poisonous.

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#31

Big Spider Hiding

Big Spider Hiding

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

Peek a boo, I see you.

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#32

Sour Grapes

Sour Grapes

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crazy_cat_notAlady
Community Member
1 year ago

this guy is so cute!

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#33

Found A Dead Spider Inside My Orange

Found A Dead Spider Inside My Orange

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Petra, princess of Brigid
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeeeuck!

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#34

Went To Go Take A Sip Of My Tea...

Went To Go Take A Sip Of My Tea...

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
1 year ago

"I am sailing, I am sailing..."

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#35

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

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Toko Danganronpa
Community Member
1 year ago

I've come to talk with you again

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