The Spider’s Web

Watching a spider make a web from start to finish and then watching it catch it’s first bug.


     I know that for some this is odd and possibly morbid, but I just spent about an hour watching a spider build a web from start to finish. I then stayed around until it caught it’s first bug. It was very interesting I just happened to be outside on my deck and saw a spider dangling from the door frame. It then proceeded to go down to the other part of the frame “old screen door that does not have a screen in it anymore”. It walked up the frame and continued to do this a few times.

     From there it walked to the middle and took steps in a counter clockwise motion about every 1/2 to 1 inch putting an attachment to the main up and down strands. After it was done with that part it went back to the middle. I thought to myself…….Self that does not look like a very good spider web that is going to catch anything. About that time the spider made like a little white web ball in the middle of the web by going around in circles a few times. It then proceeded to go back to the top of the web. It sat there like it was thinking of it’s next step.

     It started going counter clockwise again, but this time it was making the circle attachments every 1/8-1/4 inch. I thought to myself…..Self you underestimated this spider’s building skills. it went around about 20 times and then stopped turned around and started going clockwise. This was amazing as I thought a spider only went one way or the other while making a web. It continued to change direction about every 20 rotations or so.

     After about 40 minutes of building a web my main deck light was attracting quite a few little moths and one little moth got stuck in the web. The spider immediately went over bite the moth and then proceeded to turn it around and around wrapping the moth with new webbing. After which it went back to the middle of the web for its next prey to land into it’s web.

     I found this event to be very interesting and was a very neat learning experience. I wish only to have had a little video camera so that I could have taped it.

     I hope that everyone reading this has found this article interesting. Check back for more interesting articles in the near future.


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8 Responses to “The Spider’s Web”
  1. CHIPMUNK Says...

    On December 9, 2011 at 4:21 am

    well shared read

  2. PaulB Says...

    On December 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    One of the wonders of nature!

  3. sheilanewton Says...

    On February 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    This is a beautiful gem of a piece, Bryan. Be proud.

  4. meandu Says...

    On April 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    This would have been great to see on a video. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Tiki33 Says...

    On May 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    This is a very interesting article.

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    On November 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

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  7. Payge Says...

    On January 28, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Some people thinks a spider is something to squash or kill in some manner and not much use .But at times their uses keeping the bug population down is a valuable service .Their extraordinary talents as a web builder is often overlooked and a beauty to see especially after a light rain and the raindrops stick to the web.

  8. bryan21764 Says...

    On January 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I am glad that you like the post. I also agree that people do not give enough credit to spiders. I think that their silk has not been explored enough either.


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