Tonight we have a different treat: We get to watch a spider eat lunch. First 'the lunch' has to fly into the spider's web. Then the spider wraps the insect in silk that come from the spinnerets. You will discover more about this process below in the info shared from Wikipedia about spiders. This photo series was shot on my rooftop deck in December 2010. (Yes, I forgot to share it for several years!). Anyway, I find spiders to be the best engineers on the planet. I encourage you all to learn more about these little, fascinating guys. Enjoy!
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The insect flew into the web. Quickly, the spider ran up to it and began wrapping him in silk while spinning him around. Above you can see the insect when the spider began to wrap him up!
The spider wraps the legs first so the insect can not crawl away
At this point in the wrap, the insect can not attack the spider
The spider begins at the head and wraps down the length of insect
Spider is turning insect round and round
Spider spins the silk from silk glands (see info below)
Now she is wrapping the leg that was sticking out!
They are on the web even though it is difficult to see
The spider spins and spins until you can not see insect, only silk
Spider secures package to the web and walks off for a break
She washes up before lunch
Temporal range: Pennsylvanian - Holocene, 319–0Ma
|109 families, c. 40,000 species|
Feeding, digestion and excretion
Now the spider goes in for lunch!
Here she is sucking out the juices for her liquid lunch. She does not eat the shell (no teeth)
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time!