Spider's Web 1

by Sadhya Rippon August. 23, 2010 3538 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 6 years, 9 months ago

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

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Ricardo 6 years, 9 months 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!:)

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Mikkal Noptek 6 years, 9 months ago

Great colours

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Hanna Westesson 6 years, 9 months ago

So beautiful with the flowers in the back!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Milton Jacob 6 years, 9 months 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!!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Nancy 6 years, 9 months ago

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

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Darlene Foster 6 years, 9 months ago

Beautiful capture!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Sara G 6 years, 9 months ago

Fantastic shots..and interesting facts!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Masoud Ahmadpoor 6 years, 9 months ago

Perfect job! ... Amazing shots!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Eiram 6 years, 9 months ago

excellent post!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Saku 6 years, 9 months ago

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

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jothindra Paranji 6 years, 9 months ago

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

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Blu06 6 years, 9 months ago

Wonderful!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Becky 6 years, 9 months ago

Great post! That is quite a big web!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Mazda Rahimi 6 years, 9 months ago

Nice shot

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jet28 6 years, 9 months ago

Fantastic!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Lynda 6 years, 9 months 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.

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Davorka ČEoviä‡ 6 years, 9 months ago

SPLENDID POST !

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Andrea 6 years, 9 months ago

Fantastic shots!

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Finbarr 6 years, 9 months ago

Excellent post !

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
Juhász Imre 6 years, 9 months ago

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

6 years, 9 months ago Edited
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