Spiders in your garden? Orb-weaver spiders are the most common garden spiders and love to hangout in the center of their round webs.
Why do spiders spin webs? A spider spins a web to trap insects because their vision is not so good.
Spiders can tell when prey are trapped by detecting and reacting to vibrations the web makes when prey are moving and trying to get free.
When do spider eggs hatch? Spiders hatch in the spring.
Like all spiders, the young Orb-weaver baby looks like a tiny adult when it hatches. As the spider grows it sheds its skin.
Adult female orbweaver spiders are much larger than adult males.
Adult male orbweaver spiders are thinner with smaller abdomens than the female spiders.
QUICK FACT: Spiders are venomous. Spiders use venom to subdue their prey. Fortunately, very few spiders are harmful to humans or even capable of penetrating the skin of a human.
Spiders usually consume their own web before spinning a new one. Adult female orb weaver spiders do the spinning; males typically do not.
You would think that with eight eyes this spider should see pretty well? Not so.
Orb weaver spiders belong to the family Araneidae and possess 8 similar eyes, arranged in 2 rows of four eyes each.
This medium sized spider can look a bit scary up close.
Orbweaver spiders have over 10,000 species!
All Orb-weaver spiders spin webs. These web building spiders only use the tips of their legs when constructing their webs; this helps prevent the spider from getting stuck in their own web.
Fall is typically the time the female Orb-weaver spiders will lay their last clutch of eggs. The spider eggs survive the winter and will hatch in the spring.
Spiders are able to recycle their web. They do this by first rolling the silken threads of their web into a ball, and then the spider eats it.
With over 10,000 species for the Orbweaver spider you are sure to see many varying stripes, spots and colors.
Orbweaver spiders only bite if they feel threatened. Their venom is not harmful to humans.
What does a spider bite feel like? The bite from an Orb-weaver spider feels like a bee sting.
At night is a good time to see these spiders working hard to rebuild and repair their round, wheel-shaped webs.
Orb-weaver spiders are good because they help control mosquito, fly and ant populations; therefore, beneficial to humans.
How long do spiders live? Most spiders live for only one year.