No pun intended, but spiders compete for choice “web sites.” The better the location, the more likely they are to catch prey. This is why you may see several webs built around outdoor lights. Spiders “know” the lights attract insects they can catch and eat. When a spider finds a suitable location, it lets out a stream of silk into the wind. The breeze eventually blows the silk line onto a twig, wall, or other anchor, and the first thread of the web’s frame is thus established when the spider anchors the other end to the place it is perched. From there it is a matter of finishing the frame, then working toward the interior. This is how the familiar, spiral “orb” webs are built, anyway. Obviously, different spiders spin different styles of webs.
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General Spider Questions
- What is a spider?
- How do I identify a spider?
- What is the world's largest spider?
- How many eyes do spiders have?
- How long do spiders live?
- How are spiders helpful to people and the planet?
- What kind of animals eat spiders?
- How do spiders produce silk?
- Why do spiders spin webs?
- How do spiders create webs?
- How long does it take a spider to build a web?
- How strong is a spider web?
- Why is spider silk sticky?
- What else do spiders use silk for?
- What is the most venomous spider in the world?
- How do I treat a spider bite?
- What do spider bites look like?