Hi, I'm Andrew and I’m just a simple 19 year old guy and zoology student that posts random factoids about obscure animals and general animal science/zoology/biology stuff so if you like animals this is the place for you, if you only like cute animals this is not the place for you… Also I can ID any animals you might need identified (just submit them to me).

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Family Polioptilidae: A family of passerine birds commonly known as "Gnatcatchers". All gnatcatchers are native to the New World, being found in both North and South America. Gnatcatchers are close relatives of the wrens and some species are known as "Gnatwrens".

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peachylittlepanda asked
I'm not sure this spider really exists but I was wondering if you put something up about a giant spider, I heard/found this thing of a giant that's black and will jump and bit any living thing that comes a cross it. It creeps me out a bit seeing a picture of someone's bit from this spider. It would be a great joy to learn more of this pacific type of spider. If not I also heard of a so called 'moth-spider', a spider that can fly. . .

hmmm… well the largest spider species is the Giant Huntsman Spider (Heterpoda maxima) and spiders can’t get much bigger than that because they rely on book lungs for respiration, and are limited by their exoskeleton. The spider I think you are talking about though is the Brazilian Wandering Spider (Genus Phoneutria) they are one of the most venomous spider species and are fairly aggressive, they are not black though nor are they giant they are pretty big though. If its not the Brazilian wandering spider it might be a Trapdoor Spider (Family Ctenizidae) they can be jet black and are known to attack anything that comes across their burrow. There is no spider species that can fly, spiders are classified by their venom and inability to fly, so if there was a spider that could fly it would not be a spider. However some moths have been known to mimic spiders in order to avoid being eaten. Spiders can’t fly but they can do one better, some (small) spider species are known to use their silk to create a type of balloon that allows them to float on air currents to reach other areas. I hope that clears anything spider related up.