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How do spiders make a web?
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You asked us, how do spiders make a web?
 
Though all spiders can spin silk, only some of them use it to make webs. Now, when you think of a spider web, you're probably imagining something along the lines of this, right? (Points to web.) That particular kind of web is the handiwork of orb spiders, which begin by sending out, on the wind, a line of silk called a bridge thread, with the desperate hope that it will catch on to something.
 
Once that's locked down, they get to work on the main structure of the web, ending with a spiral.
 
Now this is where things get a little bit sticky - literally.  The spider uses that spiral as a guide for laying down a new superglue spiral and Voila! Now, all said spider has to do is sit and wait for the next meal to come along.
 
Amazingly, web-spinning spiders have the ability to tell the difference between the call of dinner and vibrations made by non-foodie things, like leaves.  If only the rest of us could be so discerning.
 
Did I just eat leaves?

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CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
Why are spider webs sticky?
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COMMENTS (87)
  • kieranw-3-bar
    3/02/2016 - 05:58 p.m.

    Spider webs are sticky because when pray or food flies into the web, the pray will get stuck in the web allowing the spider to quickly get its pray. I find this article interesting because i never really understood why spiders made their webs into the shape of a spiral. But now it makes sense, to capture pray. I also learned about the orb spider and how it makes its web but forming a triangle. Overall this article helped me furthermore learn about spiders.

  • dianner-2-bar
    3/02/2016 - 07:41 p.m.

    Spider webs are sticky because as stated above "The spider uses that spiral as a guide for laying down a new superglue spiral and Voila!" I found this article amazing because I did not know that a spider can tell if when the spider web catches something it knows if its a leave or an insect.

  • tiffanyf-1-bar
    3/02/2016 - 09:23 p.m.

    The spider webs are sticky because the spider adds another layer of a sticky substance to increase the number of catches. The article states,"The spider uses that spiral as a guide for laying down a new superglue spiral and Voila!" By laying down a sticky layer, insects and other critters that spiders eat, will more easily get stuck in the web and have a smaller chance of escaping. This article is interesting because I did not know there was a specific method spiders used to created their webs.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    3/02/2016 - 09:53 p.m.

    The spiders have the ability to be spinning silk but only some spiders can only be able to spin out webs that would used to be made into a web structure that would be used to be catching their prey that would land on the web. The spiders have the ability to be spinning out webs that would be used to be made into a web structure that the web structure would also be used to be a trap for preys that would be stuck on the web. People would be asking themselves about how do spiders make their webs which people would be telling themselves about the spiders spinning their webs. Spiders have the ability to be spinning silk but only some spiders are only able to spin web that would be used to be made into a web structure.
    Critical Thinking Question: Why are spider webs sticky?
    Answer: Because spider webs would be sticky to be able to catch their prey that would land on the web structure.

  • angelinat-3-bar
    3/02/2016 - 10:32 p.m.

    The spider webs are sticky because the spider lines the silk with a glue-like substance to help catch there next meal. The article says, "The spider uses that spiral as a guide for laying down a new superglue spiral..." This shows that the spider purposely lines the silk with a sticky substance. I was interested in this article because I like to learn about nature. I was surprised by this article because I did not know that spiders purposely put a sticky substance on their web.

  • lucasddd-3-bar
    3/02/2016 - 10:36 p.m.

    Spider's webs are sticky because food sticks to them so the spiders can eat. Paragraph 5 states " The spider uses that spiral as a guide for laying down a new superglue spiral." It needs it like super glue so bugs will stick to it.
    The article was interesting, but i do not like spiders that much.

  • seans-2-bar
    3/02/2016 - 11:04 p.m.

    Spider webs are sticky so that they are able to catch prey, as stated above. This method of the web being sticky would not be used for anything much else, due to the eat, reproduce, die methodology of these organisms. This article had the most enticing title of those presented (not saying much) but it was a usual article by my standards.

  • carlym-4-bar
    3/03/2016 - 01:14 p.m.

    Spider webs are always sticky because then it is easier to catch their prey. Their prey gets stuck in the web easier if it is sticky. "The spider uses that spiral as a guide for laying down a new superglue spiral and Voila! Now, all said spider has to do is sit and wait for the next meal to come along." This quote explains why spiders make their webs sticky.
    I enjoyed this article because I now know why spider webs are sticky.

  • alexian-bel
    3/03/2016 - 02:01 p.m.

    To catch there pray.

  • elliew-bel
    3/03/2016 - 02:01 p.m.

    Because there webs are silk and they make a spiral that's like superglue to catch their next meal.

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