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Rookie mistake…mind blown.

22 Sep

What’s arachnophobia?

Fear of spiders, right?

Okay, now what’s an arachnid?

A spider, right?

Wrong!  Well, sort of wrong…and right.

According to Dictionary.com, arachnid is defined as: “any wingless, carnivorous arthropod of the class Arachnida, including spiders, scorpions, mites, ticks, and daddy-longlegs, having a body divided into two parts, the cephalothorax and the abdomen, and having eight appendages and no antennae.”

Now, I’m sure there are plenty of you out there that are like, “Duh, Lisa, we knew this.” But I didn’t!  I thought spiders were arachnids and arachnids were spiders. Period.

See, I love spiders.  So, in turn, I thought I loved arachnids. But, for those of you that know me, I despise ticks.  I can deal with the rest but ticks…no.  So, sadly, I suppose I’m not actually also, in addition to a wannabe entomologist, a wannabe arachnophile.

We learn something new (hopefully) every day.