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Spider Men in China

8 May 2007

Is this a man with a spider's body or a spider with a human face? Or it is a spider man? Or human spider?

A Spiderman?

This close-up shot was reportedly taken on May 5th inside of a residential building in Shijiazhuang (石家庄), the capital city of Hebei Province neighbouring the national capital Beijing.

The Hebei Youth reports that spider is about four to five mm in length, with its head and feet in pale green, and its tummy in white colour. The pattern that resembles a human face is on its back.

According to the report, man faced spiders have also been found in other parts of China, including Shandong, Guangxi, Zhejiang, Henan, Sichuan, Inner Mongolia, Shanghai and Xinjiang.

Although in most cases a human faced pattern is observed on a spider's back, sometime it could be on the belly. And the aesthetic quality of those patterns can differ greatly: some look like a bald guy, others may have an appeal of a pretty young girl, or remind you of a terra-cotta warrior, and still others would be so ugly that are more akin to monsters and devils than humans.

Some local experts say these spider-men are non-poisonous and produce no silk but make a living by hunting bees in flowers.

We know they are not really men, but then, are they even spiders if they build no web and cast no net?

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