Tailless Whip Scorpion (Phrynus marginemaculatus)
Not actually a scorpion, this arachnid waves its first pair of legs around to feel its way. A tailless whip scorpion makes a cameo appearance in the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in which one character wrongly suggests that its bite is lethal.
Orb Weaver (Argiope sp.)
Members of this genus are found all around the world and spin large webs that often contain striking designs. Charlotte’s Web author E. B. White, who consulted with a Museum curator while writing the classic children’s book, named the main character Charlotte A. Cavatica after a common orb weaver, Araneus cavaticus.
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