Scientists have discovered spiders legs can detect human speech.



Research has proved noises can be picked up by the creepy crawlies from several metres away, although the eight-legged creatures have no ears, according to The Guardian newspaper.

Paul Shamble, an arachnologist who led the research at Cornell University, said: ''Surprisingly, we found that they also possess an acute sense of hearing.

''They can hear sounds at distances much farther away than previously thought, even though they lack ears with the eardrums typical of most animals with long-distance hearing.''

The study found spiders' sense of hearing appeared to rely on tiny hairs on their forelegs.

Paul added: ''I'm not sure that everyone's going to be thrilled that spiders can hear them as well see them.''