Spider Enthusiasts Gather In Northeast Ohio

HIRAM, Ohio (AP) - Most folks think they're creepy. But those who gathered at a northeast Ohio seminar over the weekend call them beautiful.

Spider enthusiasts gathered at Hiram College over the weekend for a two-day spider-studying seminar.

The event was part of the Ohio Spider Survey, a statewide effort to identify the various types of spiders across the state and better educate the public about them.

On Saturday, the group learned about spider anatomy and behavior.

The group moved into the outdoors Saturday night and Sunday, hoping to collect different spider species. They were told that there are between 200 and 300 types of spiders in the area.

Richard Bradley -- an Ohio State University biology associate professor who attended the seminar -- said that 175 new spider species have been identified since the survey began in the mid-'90s.

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