Spider's Web 1

by Sadhya Rippon August. 23, 2010 3623 views

Spiders initially started producing silk for reasons other than web-making. When spiders moved from the water to the land in the Early Devonian period, they started making silk to protect their bodies and their eggs. Spiders gradually started using silk for hunting purposes, first as guide lines and signal lines, then as ground or bush webs, and eventually as aerial webs.

Spiders produce silken thread using several paired spinneret glands located at the tip of their abdomen. Each gland produces a thread for a special purpose – for example a trailed safety line, sticky silk for trapping prey or fine silk for wrapping it. Spiders use different gland types to produce different silks, and some spiders are capable of producing up to 8 different silks during their lifetime.
Most spiders have three pairs of spinnerets, each having its own function – there are also spiders with just one pair and others with as many as four pairs.
Webs allow a spider to catch prey without having to expend energy by running it down. Thus it is an efficient method of gathering food. However, constructing the web is in itself an energetically costly process due to the large amount of protein required, in the form of silk. In addition, after a time the silk will lose its stickiness and thus become inefficient at capturing prey. It is not uncommon for spiders to eat their own web daily to recoup some of the energy used in spinning. The silk proteins are thus recycled.

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Marsha 7 years, 1 month ago

I watched a spider build a web one time....an amazing experience! You've captured this little critter and its handiwork wonderfully!

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Ricardo 7 years, 1 month ago

you've got here a cute [i]Araneus diadematus[/i] (european garden spider)
they are one of my favorite spiders!
they are so cute!:)

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Mikkal Noptek 7 years, 1 month ago

Great colours

7 years, 1 month ago Edited
Hanna Westesson 7 years, 1 month ago

So beautiful with the flowers in the back!

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Milton Jacob 7 years, 1 month ago

oh yes, this is the way I took those shots mentioned in the next post :) Thanks for the information attached. I observed them how skillfully and artistically they make the web! incredible!!

7 years, 1 month ago Edited
Nancy 7 years, 1 month ago

Superb capture!! Love the last great web, thanks for sharing:))

7 years, 1 month ago Edited
Darlene Foster 7 years, 1 month ago

Beautiful capture!

7 years, 1 month ago Edited
Sara G 7 years, 1 month ago

Fantastic shots..and interesting facts!

7 years, 1 month ago Edited
Masoud Ahmadpoor 7 years, 1 month ago

Perfect job! ... Amazing shots!

7 years, 1 month ago Edited
Eiram Marie 7 years, 1 month ago

excellent post!

7 years, 1 month ago Edited
Saku 7 years, 1 month ago

Wonderful set!!!!! Thank you sharing this shots and information.(I came to know they can produce many different silks..!!!)

7 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jothindra Paranji 7 years, 1 month ago

Amazing photo when enlarged! And thanks for the crash course on spiders!

7 years, 1 month ago Edited
Blu06 7 years, 1 month ago

Wonderful!

7 years, 1 month ago Edited
Becky Brannon 7 years, 1 month ago

Great post! That is quite a big web!

7 years, 1 month ago Edited
Mazda Rahimi 7 years, 1 month ago

Nice shot

7 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jet28 7 years, 1 month ago

Fantastic!

7 years, 1 month ago Edited
Lynda 7 years, 1 month ago

Very infromative and nice shots. I like the crocosmia in the bakground. I have some in my garden but it didn't do as well this year.

7 years, 1 month ago Edited
Davorka ČEoviä‡ 7 years, 1 month ago

SPLENDID POST !

7 years, 1 month ago Edited
Andrea 7 years, 1 month ago

Fantastic shots!

7 years, 1 month ago Edited
Finbarr 7 years, 1 month ago

Excellent post !

7 years, 1 month ago Edited
Juhász Imre 7 years, 1 month ago

Fabulous shots! You found a great angle and the web is very nice!

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