Monday Morning Cute: Spiders (Well, Maybe…)

Can spiders ever be cute? The creator of this listicle at the website LOL Gallery Infatuation seems to think so. I generally—and rather vehemently—disagree, which is why this post does not reproduce any of the pictures displayed over there.

I have addressed the question of whether arthropods can ever meet the standard human definition of “cute” before, and I’ve even found some examples among the insects and the crustaceans. I do not feel that I am ready, however, to extend any amount of squee to the arachnids, especially the members of the order Araneae. Maybe I just need time…

Others clearly disagree with me, though:

Yeah, I’m just not there yet—although I will concede that spiders wearing water droplets are kinda cute.

Since you probably came here to look at cute animal pictures, I don’t want to disappoint. I’ll split the difference and leave you with this cute baby spider monkey:

Tambako The Jaguar [CC BY-ND 2.0 (], via Flickr

Photo credit: Tambako The Jaguar [CC BY-ND 2.0], via Flickr.


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