They are creepy, crawly and, for some, a source of irrational fear. Now scientists at Oxford University have found that spiders can hear you from across a room and when you are near them on their garden webs.
The discovery came as a surprise because, technically, spiders do not have ears. However, the latest research shows that the hairs on spiders’ legs are so sensitive that they can detect human speech from several metres away.
They can also control the tension and stiffness of their webs to optimise their sensory powers, helping them locate and identify prey as well as partners.