Weekly Puzzler Answer #18

puzzle9-07Years ago I found this white silken cocoon-looking thing in the bottom of my bluebird box and had no idea what it was. As I was removing it from the box, I accidentally tore the edge of it and all of these small yellow balls spilled out. Come to find out they are spider eggs! puzzle8-0041

Spiders, like insects, start their lives as eggs. Spiders wrap their eggs in silk, which they produce in their bodies and then shoot out through faucet-like spigots on the backside of their bodies called spinnerets. All spiders produce silk, but not all of them build a web, as many are active hunters who stalk their prey rather than try to catch it in a silken trap.

I was very afraid of spiders as a child… Read about it HERE. Or, if you want to learn about some popular spider myths, CLICK HERE. Or to see some photos of spiders, CLICK HERE.

This spider carries around her egg sac to protect them

This spider carries around her egg sac to protect them

This spider's eggs look like a mini golf ball!

This spider’s eggs look like a mini golf ball!

Notice the spinnerets.

Notice the spinnerets.

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  1. By Weekly Puzzler #18 on July 30, 2014 at 9:53 am

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