Lisa Van Kula Donovan is an entomologist who finds spiders so intriguing, she breeds and raises them.
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On March 26, 2021, she uploaded a video to her Instagram account, @wannabe_entomologist showing an enormous huntsman spider crawling over her face and neck.
“Does this spider make my forehead look big?” Donovan wrote.
She explained what she was doing prior to the arachnid winding up on her face: “Was separating babies tonight and needed mama out of the way. They ALWAYS run up your arms and onto your head and back. If I had a dollar for every time this happened…ammirite??”
Donovan also informed viewers in the caption that even though huntsman spiders are venomous, they are not deadly, or aggressive, and don’t readily bite.
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Entomology is the branch of zoology concerned with the study of insects. According to the Royal Entomological Society, they are the most abundant group of animals in the world and live in almost every habitat. Insects have lived on earth for more than 350 million years. Entomology is crucial to our understanding of human disease, agriculture, evolution, ecology and biodiversity.
Would you let a giant spider crawl across your face?
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