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Are spiders bugs?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by gwalchmai, Dec 9, 2004.

  1. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    Or are only insects bugs?



    Eddie, I think this needs a poll... ;)
     
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    Washington D.C.

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    Spiders,insects and millipedes are all bugs.I'm not sure about slugs.
     

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    Kinda like a web crawler? (Sorry, obligatory Tech Talk reference.)

    Spiders aren't insects, but they are bugs (of the arachnid persuasion).
     
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    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    All <strike>crustaceans</strike> arthropods are bugs, then?

    My wife and I are trying to define "bug". She holds that it's related to the ratio of guts to appendages, or "squishability to crunchiness". Therefore a slug is not a bug, but a millipede is. A caterpillar, though, is right on the cusp.

    She doesn't explain just what's on the the other side of the cusp from bug. Worm?
     
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    Bugs are actually an order within the family of insecta.
    Spiders are not even insects, let alone bugs! ;)

    True bugs= Hemiptera


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