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:
- World’s cutest male spider does embarrassing dance to impress cutest female spider
- These Spiders Will Cure Your Arachnophobia With Their Cuteness
- 14 Spiders Who Are Done Being Creepy And Just Want To Be Loved. #4 Is Melting My Heart
- Adorable Spiders on Tumblr
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: