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Have Scientists Discovered a New Winged Spider?

Have Scientists Discovered a New Winged Spider?

An image circulated online shows a newspaper clipping which allegedly shows a new winged spider that has been discovered by scientists. Is this real or a hoax?

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The image is fake.

The graphic, which has circulated for several years, shows a fake newspaper clipping which  includes the caption: Scientist discovers winged spider.

When we view the real image, however, we see that it is a normal, non-winged spider. It appears that someone added wings and formatted the image to look as if it were printed in a newspaper. Compare the hoax newspaper clipping with the real image below:




The original photo can be found on this website, with the image dated 9/23/2007. The photo is labeled: Dolomedes sp. (Fishing Spider) – Durham, NC 9/23/07. With cockroach prey.

2014 Version

The “winged spider” image began circulating again in early 2014, with a new – yet still fake – story attached. This version claims that this new flying spider is set to arrive in the U.K. this summer.

Early Summer threatens UK with Volat-Araneus (The Flying Spider)

WARNING: not for the feint of heart! – This is an article you will definitely want to share.

Humans aren’t the only species that like the hot weather, Top Scientists and Professors from Albion University believe that Volat-Araneus (the Flying Spider) will, without a doubt, migrate to the UK this year. due to the coming hot weather and an abundance of this spiders favorite food, The False Widow!

Do any spiders have wings?

A common question which often accompanies this photo as it is shared online is whether or not any spiders have wings.  According to the University of Michigan “BioKids” page on Arachnids, “No arachnids have wings, although some spiders can float on the wind using long strands of silk.”

Bottom Line

The story of the winged, flying spider is fake, as is the photo in circulation. No arachnids have wings.

Updated December 7, 2014
Originally published March 2013

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View Comments (7)


  1. Jay

    August 25, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Manspider and genevie are awesome for changing the subject

  2. manspider

    July 30, 2013 at 8:37 am

    When a Spiderman grows up, it’s known as a manspider

  3. spiderman

    July 25, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Spiderman is a fictional tale, just like the bible is

  4. Evolutionisfake

    July 10, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    *Evolution didn’t make spiders, God did.

    • god

      August 3, 2013 at 7:50 am

      dumbass…..GOD did not create anything. But somehow your idiocy was created by yourself.

  5. Ortis

    July 3, 2013 at 2:51 am

    Your comment made my day, Trevor! 😀

  6. Trevor

    June 30, 2013 at 8:16 am

    *Thank Evolution they cannot fly.

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