Spider Quiz #5

All spiders make silken webs to catch their prey:

FALSE

Not all spiders build webs to capture prey

Not all spiders build webs to capture prey

As I mentioned earlier, there are over 50,000 different species of spiders! This is a lot! Some do build webs to trap their prey, but many do not. Instead, they stalk their prey or ambush them when they come close.

Jumping spiders, crab spiders, fishing spiders, wolf spiders and many others do not build webs. Many of these rely on camouflage and are excellent hunters. Some sit inside of flowers and wait for an unsuspecting insect to come along–then they leap onto them and use their fangs to inject a fast-acting venom.

Spiders wrap their eggs in a silk

Spiders wrap their eggs in a silk

All spiders,whether they make webs or not, produce silk. They use the silk for their draglines, for protecting their eggs and sometimes, for lining their burrows or creating safe places to retreat.

Female spider with her egg sac

Female spider with her egg sac

Check out some photos of spiders who do not build webs:

They have 8 eyes, with 2 being MUCH larger.Waiting...A jumping spiderJumping spiders have fabulous vision!This one has iridescent fangs!A jumping spider is tiny!They walk along plant stemsLooking for possible preyYou can find them on flowers Sometimes they are colorfulJumping spiders seem very curious about meHere, a crab spider waits on a flowerThis one is ready for an insect to come byCrab spiders can be found on flowersThey have fast-acting venomAnother one waiting on a flowerThey are very patient!We could learn a lesson from themA crab spider with dinnerPerfect camouflage A crab spider with lunchThis is a hunterA lynx spider A female with eggs A fishing spiderAnother one that does not build a web

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6. Spider bites are uncommon.

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