The world’s oldest spider dies aged 43 after being stung by a wasp, researchers say. This trap spider has a record-breaking longevity.
The Pacific Journal of Conservation Biology reported that the lifespan of this female trap spider has broken the record. The last long-lived spider was a 28-year-old wolf spider found in Mexico. This long-lived spider, named “No. 16,” died not from old age but from a wasp sting.
It is reported that trap spiders are 1 to 3 centimeters long. The chelicerae are well developed and the front end is composed of several rows of spines. Most species have only 4 spinners. There are about 500 species in the world. They live in underground burrows lined with silk membranes. Most cave entrances have a removable, openable cover, and the cover is camouflaged. Female spiders rarely leave their burrows except when hunting. But male spiders wander around looking for females.