What do you think of when you hear the word spider? A spider man? Poison? The movie Spider Man describes a man wearing spider suit saving the world. So, many people have a positive attitude towards spiders. On the other hand, in Arachnophobia, a movie produced by Frank Marshall in 1992, shows spiders killing people, so some people are afraid of spiders. Actually, most people think that spiders are dangerous and that's why they do not like spiders. If a spider appears at their home, most people yell for help. Surprisingly, there is a museum in Jinjoong-ri, Kyunggi-do which tells everything about spiders from all over the world including both horrible spiders and friendly ones. The museum is called Joopil Spider Museum (JSM) because it was built by Kim Joo-pil. Kim Joo-pil is a professor who specialized in biology and teaches 'the science of sex' at DGU. The Post visited the museum.
There was not only the Spider Museum but also economical arboretum which was joined together with natural science.
The museum was also called Arachnopia which means heaven for spiders as a compound word of Arachnida and Utopia. This museum has not only 500 species of spiders (a collection of about two hundred thousands) but also minerals, fossils of plant and animal, etc.
Story of Spiders
" Korean spiders as many as about twelve hundred species are harmless. Sometimes, some Korean spiders may bite your skin but don't worry about it. The spot is bitten by the spider tingles" Kim said. Spiders vary greatly in size. Some measures the size of a tiny dot, while others are larger than your hand. Most spiders are brown, gray, or black. Some, however, are white, yellow, or even green. Because spiders have legs, you might think they have leg bones. In fact, spiders have no bones at all. What they do have is a very tough skin, an outer skeleton, which protects their bodies and legs. Many spiders are hairy and bumpy, too. The appearance of different spiders varies.
The front part of a spider's body combining head and chest is called the cephalothorax. Cephalo comes from a Greek word meaning "head," and thorax comes from a Greek word meaning "chest." The back part of a spider’s body is called the abdomen. Look at the chart below to compare the parts of an insect's body with those in a spider. Spiders are physically different from other insects.
Spiders have eight legs and two main body parts. Along with eight legs, spiders often have eight eyes. Hunting spiders, which chase and catch their prey, can see quite well. Web-weaving spiders, which catch their prey in webs, generally have poor vision.
In addition, Spiders could not live without silk. When spiders move around, they pull a line of silk called a dragline behind them. It keeps them from falling. Spiders can also use it to drop down to the ground to escape from enemies. A dragline is a "lifeline" for spiders! Silk is a necessary part of a spider’s survival. Spiders use silk in many different ways. Some line underground burrows with it. Others line a folded leaf with silk to make a nest. Weaving a web is one of the most amazing talents spiders can perform with silk. Spider webs are like snowflakes-no two are exactly alike. Web-weaving spiders do not have to "learn" how to weave these wondrous webs. Young spiders know how to do it even without being taught. Spiders are born with the
ability to make webs.
Spiders ingest animal prey and the kinds of prey are very variable. They usually slaughter and eat insects. They sometimes eat millipedes centipedes or frogs. Even small mice or birds can become their prey.
"Huntsman spiders, which hide themselves under the refrigerator or furniture during the day, wander about at home when people fall asleep and slaughter and eat centipedes," Kim said, on seeing a specimen Huntsman spiders which was exhibited at JSM. He added that they do not remain bad by-products and bite the skin of people.
The Post asked a few question of the lover of spiders who had collected spiders by making a tour of the world all his life.
The Post : "Why did you create this museum?"
Kim Joo Pil (Kim) : "Twenty years ago, I went abroad and visited the Bishop's Mosquito Museum located in Hawaii. The museum was established by Bishop, who was a world renowned scholar in the study of mosquito. It displays everything about mosquito from all over the world. From that moment on, I became determined to study something and establish my own museum."
The Post : "Are there special reasons for liking spiders? Why did you like spiders?"
Kim : "When I was a student at Seoul National University(SNU), I studied life sciences. At that time, most students at SNU studied heredity technology but I thought it was wrong because I thought students who would major life sciences should be interested in the environment. So, I tried to study about worms which are good for environment. However, every marsh was polluted because of industrialization in 1970, so most worms disappeared from the marshes. That is why I had a hard time studying worms. So I decided to study spider which serves benefit to the environment like worms.
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