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Why spiders decorate their webs


Still Waters
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Posted (IP: Staff) ·
The delicate web decorations spun by some orb-weaving spiders are a strange but well-known phenomena, but exactly why the spiders adorn their webs is unclear.

Now a study by researchers in Australia suggests that the creatures use decorations to protect their webs from damage.

A team has made a discovery in one spider species that suggests the spiders use adornments "tactically" to make their webs more visible to animals that might accidentally damage them.

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Perhaps the spiders just have a taste for fine decor? :P

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Posted (IP: Staff) ·

Did you see this link on the same page! A spider that spins a 25meter web!!!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9001000/9001866.stm

Yes and it's been posted on UM too -

http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=190441&hl=gigantic%20spiders%20web%20&st=0

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Well, it makes practical sense. Nobody, man or beast likes a face full of spider web.:no:

But like Verneph said, maybe they just have creativity and taste built in too.

Did a paper on arachnids once...fascinating critters.

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Oh... I so wanted to post on that thread!!! But I won't necropost... So I'll just say it here....

I love those spiders!!! :lol:

That is one of the coolest things I've seen. Orb weavers are true masters at what they do. :tu:

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Not really surprising.. If I made a web, I'd want to make it less in the way of damage.

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Spiders are awesome creatures! Some of them can produce threads from their FEET in order that they can hold on to slippy surfaces!

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Spiders are awesome creatures! Some of them can produce threads from their FEET in order that they can hold on to slippy surfaces!

Wow! That's a skill I'd love to have - how useful would that be for humans on icy winter days? Especially if you're like me and have no sense of balance at the best of times...!

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