An image being circulated online shows a newspaper clipping which allegedly shows a new winged spider. Is this real or a hoax?
It’s a hoax.
The image being circulated shows a fake newspaper clipping which includes the caption: Scientist discovers winged spider.
When we view the real image, however, we see that it is a normal, non-winged spider. It appears that someone added wings and formatted the image to look as if it were printed in a newspaper. Compare the hoax newspaper clipping with the real image below:
The original photo can be found on this website, with the image dated 9/23/2007. The photo is labeled: Dolomedes sp. (Fishing Spider) – Durham, NC 9/23/07. With cockroach prey.
If you see this fake story being passed around, drop a link to this article in the comments to set them straight!