Hi Squirrel! That sounds fun! WOW, we loved finding out information about spiders on this website and we learnt so much from this article. You've asked a great question! Can you think of some reasons why a spider might want to take down his web and rebuild? That's right, Morgan! They're both classified in the order of Araneae. Thanks for sharing this extra piece of information with all of us! We did research on spiders and learned this: Spiders make silk in their tummies. We can't make silk. Spiders make webs to catch their dinner, which can be flies and bugs and insects. Not all spiders spin webs.
Some spiders spit thread and some look like flowers and hide and some run with their long legs. We're so glad you shared your research about spiders with us, Mrs. Nuse's 1st grade class! They sound pretty neat! We think the students of Mrs. Nuse's class ROCK! Thanks for stopping by Wonderopolis!
It sounds like you have a very comical spider, Elijah! We Wonder what kind of spider he or she is? We're impressed you noticed, Jadyn!
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My name is Cassie. Every evening for the past week, a spider about the size of a quarter spins a large web on our front porch. By the morning it is gone. Why doesn't she leave the web there in the daytime?
WOW, how cool that you're able to experience that spider's home every evening! It's truly a work of art!! We Wonder if you have explored the life of different spider species. Some are known to weave their webs in the evening, but to protect themselves from predators, they take down their web after they've caught their prey. Everything is usually gone before dawn! We solved your wonder using a book on spiders.
Spiders spin webs to help them catch their food or prey. We wondered if all spiders made webs. We found out that they not all of them do. Wolf spiders, tarantulas, jumping spiders, fishing spiders and lynx spiders do not spin webs. Thanks for sharing additional information with everyone, Maliyah! We like learning new things, too!
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These are some of the most commonly accepted theories on why spiders decorate their webs. The term stabilimentum itself reflects the first hypothesis about web decorations. When scientists first observed these structures in spider webs, they believed they helped stabilize the web. Of the theories listed here, this is now the one considered least plausible by most arachnologists. Building the web consumes time, energy, and resources, so the spider has an interest in protecting it from damage.
Have you ever seen those stickers people put on windows to keep birds from flying kamikaze missions into the glass? Web decorations may serve a similar purpose. Some scientists suspect the stabilimentum serves as a visual warning to prevent other animals from walking or flying into it.
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Other arachnologists believe the opposite may be true, and that the web decorations are a disguise of sorts. Most spiders that build stabilimenta also sit and wait for prey in the center of a rather large web, which could make them vulnerable to predators. Perhaps, some speculate, the web decoration makes the spider less visible by drawing a predator's eye away from the spider.
Spider silk is an excellent reflector of ultraviolet light, leading some scientists to hypothesize the stabilimentum may function to lure prey. The metabolic cost of constructing the flashy web decoration might be less than the savings from having your next meal come right to you.
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Some arachnologists wonder if the stabilimentum is simply a creative way for the spider to expend excess silk. Some spiders that decorate their webs use the same kind of silk to wrap and kill prey. Research shows when these silk supplies are depleted, it stimulates the silk glands to begin producing silk again. The spider may construct the stabilimentum in order to deplete its silk supply and recharge the silk glands in preparation for subduing prey.