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Why spiders decorate their webs

By T.K. Randall
May 26, 2011 · Comment icon 11 comments



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Australian researchers believe they have discovered why spiders decorate their webs.
Scientists have determined that orb-weaving spiders create elaborately decorated webs in order to protect them, the rationale behind it appears to be that if the web is more visible to other animals then it is less likely to be accidentally damaged.
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.


Source: BBC News | Comments (11)


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Comment icon #2 Posted by bulveye 12 years ago
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
Comment icon #3 Posted by Still Waters 12 years ago
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
Comment icon #4 Posted by daviddee 12 years ago
Maybe spiders decorate to pass the time, like cleaning.....hahaha
Comment icon #5 Posted by Taut 12 years ago
Well, it makes practical sense. Nobody, man or beast likes a face full of spider web. But like Verneph said, maybe they just have creativity and taste built in too. Did a paper on arachnids once...fascinating critters.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Dharma D 12 years ago
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 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!!! That is one of the coolest things I've seen. Orb weavers are true masters at what they do.
Comment icon #7 Posted by AliveInDeath 12 years ago
Not really surprising.. If I made a web, I'd want to make it less in the way of damage.
Comment icon #8 Posted by thewild 12 years ago
Thats pretty cool, had no idea they did that sort of thing!
Comment icon #9 Posted by Zantetsuken 12 years ago
It's not only humans who have a sense of art, of course spiders too...
Comment icon #10 Posted by Mistydawn 12 years ago
Spiders are awesome creatures! Some of them can produce threads from their FEET in order that they can hold on to slippy surfaces!
Comment icon #11 Posted by slowfade 12 years ago
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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