Spiders spin their webs by releasing silk from a special gland called a spinneret in their abdomen and weaving it into intricate patterns that are able to catch insects. Webs can also be used to help hide freshly laid eggs and for protection from predators of spiders.Continue Reading
There are many different types of spiders throughout the world and the type of web that is present is an indicator of the type of spider that made it. Each spider has a certain type of web that they make and it is easy to identify the type of spider that is present by simply knowing the different types of webs. The most common spider webs are orb spiders that produce the commonly referred to orb web. Spiders can also make tunnel webs and cobwebs. Funnel webs look like silk bird nests and cobwebs have no pattern to them, but hang in long strings and balls of silk.
When a spider wants to build a web, they will simply squirt the liquid silk out of their spinneret gland. This material remains liquid until it hits the air where it hardens into the sticky, silk substance that is commonly found. Spiders use their spinneret to make silk whether they are building a nest for protection, food or to hold their eggs. Some spiders do not build webs at all, but still have the gland to help make small nests for living environments and protection.Learn more about Spiders
At least 32 species of spiders are known in the state of Georgia, including grass spiders, southern house spiders, black and yellow garden spiders, and orchard orb weavers, all of which spin webs to catch their prey. Other species are hunters who roam and stalk their prey, including the ant mimic spider, the long-legged sac spider, the dark fishing spider, the woodlouse hunter and the eastern parson spider.Full Answer >
The term "banana spider" actually refers to three different types of spiders; the Brazilian wandering spider which is poisonous, the golden silk orb-weaver which is not poisonous, and the Argiope appensa which is also not poisonous. While caution is advisable around any spider, knowing the precise arachnid with which you are dealing is vital for safety.Full Answer >
All spiders have eight legs and a body composed of two parts: a cephalothorax and an abdomen. There are an estimated 40,000 different species of spiders. Wolf spiders can be identified by their eyes; they have a bottom row of four eyes and two upper rows of two eyes each.Full Answer >
There are numerous bird sub species that feed on spiders as well as other insects and bugs, including black birds, blue birds, sparrows, crows and wrens. There are numerous other bird species that can feed on spiders as well. In addition to spiders, these birds also feed on caterpillars, grubs, beetles and other medium to large bugs they find along the ground.Full Answer >