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.
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