When you think of Australia, what are you thinking of? Personally, I think of all the animals that can kill me because it's a continent full of crazy wildlife. A new story has made me aware of the fact that Australia is not just full of giant bugs, but that some of them are older and smarter than me. It is too much.
A Trapdoor spider named Number 16 has died in a laboratory at the Australian Curtin University. Number 16 was 43 years old
Maybe the death of a spider is not a big deal for you, but can you imagine looking after an insect for four decades ? And number 16 did not even die of age – it was stung by a wasp!
Number 16 was valuable to the University's research team, and they gave a long-time statement in their honor, about graduate student Leanda Mason:
"To our knowledge, this is the oldest spider ever recorded, and its significant life has allowed us to go further investigate the behavior of trapdoor spiders and population dynamics," said Ms. Mason.
"The research project was first initiated by Barbara York Main in 1974, representing the long-term spider population for over 42 years in the Central Wheatbelt Region of Western Australia."
"Through Barbara's detailed research, we have found that the life expectancy of trapdoor spiders is very high. History Traits, including how they live in unexplained, native bushland, have sedentary nature and low metabolism."
Slightly emotionless, but a fitting tribute. Number 16 surpassed a tarantula that was 28 years old in Mexico, the world record holder for the longest-living insect.
Finding a beetle can last longer than many people have left with questions and concerns:
Some celebrate the end of Number 16:
I'm glad the world's oldest spider is dead and I hope all the other spiders will follow
– Cathy (@catherinfebouris ) April 29, 2018
Even though you're startled by spiders, Number 16 is something very human:
Why are we so scared? of them anyway?
Rest in peace, number 16. They lived a greater life than most and confirmed that I will never go down to the country.