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How do spiders make webs[edit]

Please can someone explain how spiders actually make webs, especially large webs, it has always amazed me how they manage to get a web across such relatively large distances. Bluemoose 14:20, 2 August 2005 (UTC)

I second Bluemoose's request. Since moving last year from spider-unfriendly San Francisco (too cold and windy) to spider-abundant Oakland, I've now enjoyed two summers of wonderment. My back yard is constantly being criss-crossed by spiders, attaching lead lines, catching a breeze, and somehow transversing great expanses of air, laying super-strong silk across up to ten feet of space. Then they somehow make it back again, trailing another line, to triangulate the space. Then, as I understand it, they use a whole different spinerette (silk-producing gland) to make one big circle; then spokes; then the spiral. They follow this feat with endless hours and days in wait for some hapless flying insect to get snagged. I'm spending much too much time standing in my back yard on sunny days watching these marvelous creatures at work. When they lay lines across my pathway, I always feel guilty when I accidentally crash through it. Sometimes I even apologize, "Spider, I'm sorry you put all this work into making this glorious web; heck, if I spent my entire life trying, I couldn't do what you just accomplished since an hour ago when I last crashed through your work; but I've got to get to my back porch." Please, someone tell us more. How is all this incredible engineering achieved by such an erroneously loathed creature? Are webs gender-specific? (i.e., Do both males and females make webs of this type?) How cruel is it when I destroy one on purpose, simply for my own convenience (even if I do apologize)? How long can a spider go between meals? (They always seem to be waiting, rather than eating.) When I stun a fly (with no sympathy) and place it on a web, is that akin to feeding wild animals (i.e., a No-No)? -- Terry Carroll, Oakland, California, September 1, 2005
it comes out of its ass —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:44, 30 April 2009 (UTC)
Well according to this video: Webs of Intrigue a spider shoots out the web from it's abdomen and allows it to travel with the wind to it's destination. I highly recommend getting that video if you want more information. I haven't watched it in a while, maybe I'll watch it soon and brush up on the pecularities of the spinning process. --Fir0002 www 00:55, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
I have no idea. But it seems it seems it's a mix of chemicals in the abdomen and a mix of saliva.-- (talk) 23:19, 20 July 2009 (UTC)
The first thread drifts across a gap on the breeze. The silk comes from the spinnerets at the tip of the abdomen – no saliva involved. Both these points are covered in the article. (Don't forget that Wikipedia is not a forum, and talk pages are supposed to be for discussion about the content of the article – the best place to ask questions is at WP:Reference Desk) Richard New Forest (talk) 11:44, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

Types of web[edit]

I'd like to see some explanation about differences between webs spun by different spider species.

Treatment for cuts[edit]

The belief that spiderweb is an effective treatment for cuts appears to be quite widespread (I have come across it in England and in Laos). Does anyone know anything about this? 06:55, 31 January 2006 (UTC) James Haughton, Vientiane, Lao PDR, Jan 31 2006

New image[edit]

I'd like to propose this image for the spider web article.

That's a nice image. You can post it to the page yourself if you like. No need to ask anyone's permission. Remember Wikipedia is built by the users. 16:25, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

Spider webs and drugs[edit]

I clearly remember reading the New Scientist article (force-feeding drugs to's not the kind of article you forget in a hurry), so I checked the New Scientist website. Verification of the existence of the article can be found here.

Simon -- 07:03, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

This specifically reminds me of a mockumentary on this topic over on YouTube called Spiders on Drugs, and I even had to read the citations in order to even consider it plausible rather than a vandalism inspired by this movie. -- (talk) 22:57, 28 December 2008 (UTC)

--I'm not sure the need to add this animal-on-drugs reference into a description of spiders. Imagine the tone of wikipedia if every animal entry included a piece on how they act under different drugs. Look, rabbits hop around in circles if given LSD, dogs bark and foam at the mouth if given vodka, squirrels fall out of trees if given caffeine. The results aren't unexpected (general interference of nervous system) and so aren't particularly interesting, and really have nothing to do with an encyclopaedic description of any animals, including spiders. Tom. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:49, 23 December 2009 (UTC)

Anchor Points[edit]

I have a web pictured here that has an anchor point 12 feet away that is only 2.5 feet off the ground. Any ideas on how a spider can spin a web over that distance without the web being caught in grass or other plants?


Hello, KarlBunker. You reverted my last edit (my first edit!) saying that the wikilinks I added were trivial. According to the Manual of Style, it recommends that wikilinks be added where users' curiousity would naturally take them and that 10% is the upper limit of the number of words that should be wikilinked. As I read this article earlier, I was frustrated that I couldn't click on "surface tension" and "protein" and "prey" to satisfy my curiousity. There are 1166 words in the article, and only 31 wikilinks, for a rate of 2.6%. I don't think this is too many wikilinks, and I'd like you to consider re-reverting back.Cas510 05:17, 19 September 2006 (UTC)

Cas510, some of the links you added were a good idea, but I thought several were trivial words that didn't fit in with the purpose of internal links, for example: vibration, paper, morning, spray paint. I've replaced a lot of your links; I should have done that in the first place, rather than just reverting your edit, but I was lazy. Sorry about that, and thanks for opening a polite dialog rather than just re-reverting. KarlBunker 09:48, 19 September 2006 (UTC)


Mention why some spiders (here in Taiwan) decorate their webs with zigzags, etc. Lure a mate? Jidanni 14:00, 15 July 2007 (UTC)

i thought spmeone would post this —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:21, 31 August 2007 (UTC)

Have a look here: Web decorations

Giant Web[edit]

I just saw a giant spiderweb on the news, apparently thousands of spiders contributed to it's construction. Does anyone care to add this? 10:29, 31 August 2007 (UTC)

There was one recently discovered in east Texas. I'm told that there was another one in Australia. Does anybody know about that one? ElMeroEse 21:35, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

See ( (talk) 09:53, 2 April 2012 (UTC)

Which insects could care less about spider webs?[edit]

(My Taiwan observations): Mention it's not your average spider web that can hold a mosquito... they break away easy as they are strong...

Mention what types of insects hardly ever get caught in webs, and others that almost always do, despite similar sizes. Jidanni (talk) 04:44, 28 November 2007 (UTC) THIS WEBSITE STINKS! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:18, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

stink bugs routinely ignore all webs —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:32, 9 October 2008 (UTC)

great pics of webs[edit]


Tony (talk) 04:22, 28 August 2008 (UTC)

Reference #7[edit]

Reference #7 to the state park in Texas is a dead link. Here is a functioning one, but I am not sure how to insert it correctly: --KDS4444 18:38, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

Are cobwebs inside your home made by spiders? If so, what kind of spider makes them. How big are they?. I have never seen any spiders in or around any webs in my home. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:12, 26 February 2009 (UTC)

Image suggestion[edit]

Does anyone else feel this article could benefit from a picture showing the spider web holding large weight, such as a large amount of rainwater? -- Jack?! 05:28, 30 July 2010 (UTC)

Lost images[edit]

Image:Skylab3 2.jpg has been lost in the merger from spider webs in space. Uncle G (talk) 20:17, 8 September 2010 (UTC)


Re the introduction. I don't think a cobweb should be called a 'device'; that doesn't sound right at all. An 'artifact' maybe or 'construct', perhaps even 'trap'? (talk) 09:47, 2 April 2012 (UTC)

Karate Master? delete?[edit]

"The definition of 'spider web' is 'a thing you walk through that instantly turns you into a karate master'." This is silly. Would someone please delete this? Or at least please explain how this is anything but silly, or even vandalism? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:19, 26 April 2012 (UTC)


Perhaps "cobweb" is synonymous with "spider web", but I have always heard it used to refer to dusty irregular hanging webs that might be found in a cellar, I suspect mostly spun by cellar spiders (Pholcidae), as opposed to then neat clean geometric webs created by other spiders. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mohanchous (talkcontribs) 15:08, 2 September 2012 (UTC)

Probably wrong about cobwebs.[edit]

This is just one brief discussion on why. There are many others. (talk) 06:21, 5 May 2013 (UTC)


Spider web building

--محمد الفلسطيني (talk) 07:02, 19 November 2013 (UTC)

Genetic memory[edit]

The construction of elaborate spider webs to me is the prime example of genetic memory. Have I got this wrong? Is their innate knowledge of how to build them accounted for in another way? Has any work been done that links these concepts? I find it fascinating and have been sniffing around Wikipedia for more information about it but haven't found this instinctive ability of spiders discussed anywhere.--Gibson Flying V (talk) 02:38, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

Infographic about orb-webs building steps[edit]

Orb-web building steps

I would like to contribute to the article with this infographic about common steps of orb-webs building. Since I'm a communication designer, I'm asking you to check the accuracy of the work and to give me a feedback. I would upload it on the article only after a technical approval. -- Dav92ide (talk) 22:32, 18 November 2015 (UTC)

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