The itsy bitsy spider knows a thing or two about spinning webs. In fact, spiders are capable of weaving a variety of webs. Some will help them find dinner while others add a layer of protection to their homes. Spiders choose the web design that will benefit them the most. Check out how to identify common spider webs.
Spiral Orb Web
Spiral orb webs are what most people associate with spider webs. They are the large, circular webs that have a strong resemblance to wheels. They are easily recognizable by their spoke-like segments that meet in the middle of the web.
Spiders who weave these webs typically belong to the Araneidae family. These spiders like to keep their webs outside in forests and gardens.
Spiders will either wait on the web or hide nearby for their prey to land. If you aren’t quick, you’ll miss these webs. Orb Weavers typically take their webs down and rebuild it every night.
The funnel web is definitely for the sneaky spider. These webs are flat, horizontal webs with a funnel tube that leads to the spider’s burrow. Spiders hide in their homes and wait for their dinner to enter. They can then surprise attack them.
These webs are also perfect for a quick escape because of their back entrance. Spiders can easily slip out the back if they find themselves in danger. Webs are tucked in between plants and rocks.
Spiders of the Agelenidae family, like hobo spiders, are known for weaving funnel webs.
Cobwebs are a sticky mess. Unlike other webs, the design of cobwebs is irregular. The webs are jumbled which explains why they are sometimes called tangled webs.
If you spot a web in your house, there’s a good chance it’s a cobweb. Spiders weave these webs in corners and near ceilings, making sure that the web is anchored to something.
The Theridiidae family has mastered the art of cobweb creation. These spiders, including the black widow, rely on the sticky web for catching their next meal.
Mesh webs could be considered the sister of cobwebs. While cobwebs are found inside our homes, mesh webs are found outside. Spiders weave these webs under leaves and rocks, among vegetation, and in fields.
Mesh-weaving spiders like to keep things low key. Their webs can be found on the ground or close to it. Though mesh webs are less chaotic in design than cobwebs, they still are a messy web.
Spiders in the Dictynidae family enjoy spinning mesh webs.
The best way to visualize the triangle web is a slice of pizza. Spokes and spirals connect to three silky strands, which form a triangle.
These webs break the rules and aren’t sticky. They’re actually covered in tiny fibers that give the web a fuzzy texture. These fibers help the spiders to smother their prey.
One spider, the triangle weaver spider, takes this design and turns it into a slingshot. The triangle weaver tightly pulls a line of silk before releasing it. This results in the spider and the web launching forward. By doing this multiple times, the other silk strands fall and trap the spider’s prey.
Sheet webs are composed of thick layers of silk. They stretch across blades of grass and branches. Sheet-weaving spiders plant a few sneaky strands of silk above the web. When a bug flies into one of the strands, they will be knocked down into the web.
Sheet-weaving spiders will hide underneath the web and wait for their chance to strike. The Linyphiidae family is known to weave sheet webs. Though the webs can be flat, they also can have a domed or bowl-like appearance.
Spiders would definitely win the award for most crafty. Their unique web designs aren’t just cool to look at, they’re also practical. Without their webs, spiders wouldn’t enjoy nearly as many tasty meals. Which of these webs have you stumbled across? Let us know in the comments below!