Do All Spiders Make Webs?

Do All Spiders Make Webs?

All Spiders Make Webs: Myth

It’s long been a preconceived notion that all spiders make webs. The meticulously intricate structures have a long, storied past in literature and pop culture, but do all spiders weave these complex networks of silk? While all spiders do produce silk, not all types use it in this fashion.

Spiders spin silk into webs as a form of shelter and a method of trapping prey. Over time, some spiders evolved their survival methods to not include using a delicate thread of silk to catch their next meal. In fact, spiders produce several kinds of silk, with unique properties, used for specific purposes that can range from sticky to light and airy. Some species like the trapdoor spider construct underground shelters to catch prey by surprise, while others use silk lines as a fishing rod to catch prey and reel it in. Pretty slick!

Sources:
“Spider Sense: Fast Facts on Extreme Arachnids” National Geographic
“Tangled Web We Weave” National Geographic