The Los Angeles Natural History Museum has a new take on the butterfly pavilion, instead operating a spider pavilion, where guests can walk through an open-air space to get nice and cozy with, and hopefully challenge, their arachnophobia. Right now, the spider pavilion has some of the largest orb weavers in the world, several native species to the region, tarantulas, jumping spiders and wolf spiders. “The purpose of the pavilion is to bring people closer to understanding just how interesting spiders are and their importance in the landscape,” Urban said. She also noted that spiders have made great advances in silk production, something scientists are studying and learning to mimic to create better, stronger and lighter products for human use.
If you find the orb weavers impressive (or spine-tingling), you can find even bigger arachnids around the world. Here is one place to see one of the biggest:
Giant Huntsman – Heteropoda maxima (Laos)
I'm sorry but this attraction is not going on my bucket list!
Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-see-worlds-biggest-spiders-180960938/#K6rmR4EFiLLhWppU.99