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When spiders unite they can tie down a lion. --Ethiopian Proverb


What is the optimum life of a spider's web?
What happens to the web after this period?

The optimum life of the characteristic orb webs is usually one day. Every night the spider ingests her old web (generally only the females spin webs), gaining additional energy from nutrients such as pollen that stick to it. She then spins a new web either in the same place, or in a different one, depending on how good she considers the site to be.

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World Book illustration by John F. Eggert

Spiderlings hatch from eggs inside the egg sac. One by one, they leave the egg sac through a tiny hole that they tear in its side. They immediately begin spinning draglines. Many spiderlings then travel to other areas, usually by ballooning.

God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers. * Jewish Proverb

Oh what a tangled web we weave...

"The artist is a receptacle for the emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web." ~ Pablo Picasso the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. -- Kahlil Gibran, "The Prophet"

With as little a web as this will I ensnare as great a fly as Cassio. -- Shakespeare, Othello, Act II, Scene i

The redback spider is a species of black widow believed to be indigenous to Australia, but also found in New Zealand, southern Asia, Japan, and the Malaysian archipelago.

I dread success. To have succeeded is to have finished one's business on earth, like the male spider, who is killed by the female the moment he has succeeded in his courtship. I like a state of continual becoming, with a goal in front and not behind. -- George Bernard Shaw

Black Widow spiders inhabit most warmer regions of the world to latitude of about 45 degrees N. and S. They occur throughout all four deserts of the American Southwest.


Anatomy of a Spider: In Color
Spiders on the Web: Photographs
Brave New Nature: Spider silk five times stronger than steel!
The Need to Know: Arachnids on the web.
Glenda Crew's Spider Pages : Very interesting and educational.
Arachnid Index: Arachnid Collection
Spiders and Immunology: By Ed Nieuwenhuys
Order Araneae - Spiders: Thumbnail pictures.
Black Widow Spiders: Description, habitat, behavior, etc.
Garden Spider: Spider Silk and Webs
Along Came a Spider: Spider facts
Spiderlings: Gossamer
Spider Screensavers: Download
Spiders of Australia: 200 color photos
Spiders in and Around the House : FactSheet
Bird-Eating Spiders: Goliath spiders.
Lessons from a Garden Spider: How Charlotte transformed a classroom.

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There are over one thousand species of spiders in the US; only two can cause serious injury to humans: the black widow and the brown recluse. ~~THE GARDENING NEWSLETTER, Issue 67

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Although spiders as a group are generally beneficial to humans, many people fear them because they believe that spiders are aggressive, and will bite. Spiders will not attack unless they are cornered. ~~THE GARDENING NEWSLETTER, Issue 67

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When you see spiders in the garden, know that they are doing a great service by eliminating other unwanted guests in your garden. ~~THE GARDENING NEWSLETTER, Issue 67

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