If you live in Australia, you’ve probably had a few terrifying spider incidents. After all, the sunburnt nation is home to more than 2,000 species of spiders.
And each of those spiders is laying hundreds of eggs as you read this.
Lucky for Aussies, a new app named Spidentify has been created so you know exactly what spiders to stay away from… and what spiders can be picked up and petted.
The app was designed and developed by Minibeast Wildlife, an online resource that takes the “creepy” out of creepy crawlies by educating the public on spiders and insects.
After downloading the app, users can identify up to 250 species of spider that may be living in their home (or shoes!) through the app’s comprehensive catalogue of spider traits, including appearance and behaviour.
There’s also a colour-coded danger rating.
To catalogue the spiders, the father/daughter team from Minibeast Wildlife, Alan and Caitlin Henderson, drove for six days up the Aussie coast — from Melbourne to Cairns — to photograph some of the country’s most popular spiders.
Alan’s work as a macro photographer on Bugs Alive! and Caitlin’s experience managing the exhibit gave them the skills to capture all 250+ of the gorgeously hairy arachnids on the Spidentify app.
“For us, it was important that we create something that really guides you through from the very beginning, gives you an answer to those simple questions, and puts some of the persistent mythology and fear surrounding spiders to rest”, Caitlin told Lonely Planet.
Spidentify is available for a $4 download on the App Store and Google Play. Check out their website here for more information.
Via Yahoo 7