Spider Web Types

Spider Webs

Spider webs do take patience and time to complete. They work to offers these creatures a means of capturing their prey. They create a silk material from the body that is very sticky. Prey can get onto the web and perhaps move around a bit. Yet they aren’t going to be able to get out there.

Science has shown the web to be very sturdy and it is a substance that can’t be duplicated at this time. Many scientific experiments have given it a shot but always fall short. The amazing strength and durability of the webs though are really fascinating. So why do many spiders create a new one every day?

It has to do with the fact that they like their webs to be very clean. Due to the sticky nature of these locations they attract debris, dust, and particles. They don’t enjoy living in such an area though so they will do what they can be able to make that environment cleaner.

There are several different types of spider webs too that can be created. It will depend on the species of Spider. The Orange Spider creates one that is shaped like a cartwheel. It is know as the orb web. In the middle there is a trap line.

None orb webs are the ones that most species of spiders create. While they don’t look as nice they do serve their purpose. They have a sense of direction involved that is amazing. They move in a pattern that is very loose. As a result about ½ of all prey is able to escape.

Experts believe that the design of the Spider webs has a great deal to do with the types of prey they would like to have in it. For example those Spiders that consume larger prey need thicker webbing. This is to prevent the web from breaking under the weight of them.

There is a hub within an orb web and that is where the spider will stay. They often are above the web as they are able to move down faster than they can move upwards. Some of them are horizontal even though they are more vulnerable to damages from the natural elements.

Spider types of webs
Couple of Golden-Silk Spiders in its Web

Tangle web or cob web Spiders are out there too. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to what they make or why. Some experts believe it helps them to conserve the amount of silk they have to create in order to successfully make webs.

It can take a Spider from several hours to several days to make a web. It all depends on the type of Spider and the environment. It also depends on how thick the silk is that they are able to create. When the threats are very thin they will need to be able to go over the design several times. Otherwise there is very little chance they will be able to hold the prey in it.

It can be fascinating to see the designs of them. Some of them are about the size of a dime and others are several feet in diameter. Look closely at the elements in them and you will definitely have to give the Spider some credit for such outstanding efforts.

You may be curious about why a Spider never gets trapped in its own web. They have a type of oil that their bodies create. This means the sticky substance in the web doesn’t apply to them. They are easily able to walk all over the web without any concerns at all.

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