We found some nursery webs on Signal Hill. We also found orb web spiders. It was a great walk because we also saw skinks. The orb weavers normally sit in the middle of the web. They have a 360° radar when an insect flies into the web. Then they wrap it in silk and paralyse it. Then it inserts a digestive poison in then sucks the corps dry.
Orb webs are probably the only web that exist in some peoples mind. They are the only web that most people can draw. It is hard to draw a detailed spider but it is easy to draw a good spider web.
Orb weavers can grow from a few mm to about the size of an adults hand. They can be found just about anywhere you can think of. We found some Giant webs at Orokonui and Signal Hill. The biggest orb web I have ever seen was at Singapore, The spider was the Golden orb weaver. Another huge orb weaver is St Andrews Cross spider. The scientific name is Argiope.
The nursery web spider has earned its name by creating a secure and safe web. The web is also hard to get to because it is normally surrounded by prickles. We found lots at Orokonui and Signal Hill Road. The web is for the spiderlings so they can be safe until they are old enough to leave the web.
The nursery web spider itself has dark red legs, a white stripe down the middle, and it is big. Its legs are strong and stiff. They might look big and creepy but they are harmless. They look a lot like the water spider. Nursery webs are often found in the country side and in gorse.
When the spiderlings are old enough to leave the web they pierce holes through the web and get carried away by the the wind by using strands of silk. Orb weavers do this as well. The nursery web spider is part of the Dolomedes spider family. Scientific name:Dolomedes minor.
These were some of the spiders that I am interested in. I hope you got some information!
These were some cool spiders! Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed!
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