posted on Nov, 19 2004 @ 10:12 PM
Last year about this time one morning I was driving out of town on a country road and witnessed zillions of spider webs along the ditches, telephone
poles, attached to nearly ever little bush, weed, etc.! It was incredible. The sunlight was gleaming as the dew was clinging to them and it was like
a crystaline world.
Having grown up in the country though, I'm familiar with many mornings finding spiderwebs everywhere. They're more visible in the mornings because
of the dew and the way the early morning light shines on them, and because they are freshly spun.
I've always been interested in spiders and used to come home from school and walk around our yard and collect bugs in a jar and toss them into the
garden spider webs. They came to recognize me as I approached and would jump out in the middle of their webs, awaiting their snacks!
I haven't heard of any unusual spider phenomena recently but undoubtedly, with the warmer summers and autumns we are having, I think spiders would
flourish more as would have a longer period of temporate climate to breed and survive in. After the first frosts of autumn, many spiders move down
from trees, etc. closer to the ground and come inside houses.
Your post got me researching about what kinds of spider webs there are, and I'd like to share the following: These are the more common types of
* Orb webs — Rounded or spiral webs created between 2 points. Some orb web styles include use of spring traps, cones, ladders, and even sticky trip
lines attached to the water's surface.
* Triangle webs -- A three-sided web. The spider waits at one end of the web, and when an insect lands on the web, the the spider shakes the line
and tangles the insect so it won't escape.
* Sheet webs — Flat mats which usually have a funnel-shaped retreat at one end. The spider hides in the funnel until prey becomes caught in the
matting. Sheet web spiders construct a horizontal silk sheet with a dome, from which the spider hangs upside down.
* Cob webs — A framework of threads support trap threads attached to a horizontal surface. Prey trip the trap threads and get caught. Cobweb
spiders build an irregular silk meshwork with sticky threads at the bottom that trap insects. These spiders put loops in their strands of silk that
helps catch their prey.
A Net Thrower is a type of Cobweb Weaver. This spider doesn't wait for insects. It makes a small "net" web and hangs upside down waiting for its
prey to get near. Then he drops the net on the insect.
* Funnel webs — The spider hides in the funnel and pounces at passing prey, dragging it back into its lair. Funnel webs are flat silk sheets with a
raised tube in the corner that serves as the spider's retreat. A Funnel Weaver builds a web in the grass shaped like a tornado funnel. When an
insect lands on the outer part (wide part) of the funnel the spider comes up and grabs it.
The Water Spider builds a web like a dome underwater. The spider attaches sheets of silk to plants in the water and then fills the dome with air
bubbles. It looks like a small balloon. The spider feeds and raises its family inside the dome.