Monday, August 18, 2008

Web/spinneret/silk/orb

A spider web, spiderweb, spider's web or cobweb (from the obsolete word "coppe", meaning "spider" [1]) is a device built by a spider out of proteinaceous spider silk extruded from its spinnerets. Insects can get trapped in spider webs, providing nutrition to the spider; however, not all spiders build webs to catch prey, and some do not build webs at all.

4 comments:

dot said...

I don't like spiders but some of their webs are very beautiful if you catch them in the right light.

Julie said...

I'm with Dot! They look beautiful in frost or with droplets of water on them but I can do without great big spiders!

Old Wom Tigley said...

I'm sorry to say that I have a fear of spiders.. irrational I know... but I jump, scream like a girl and shout for Jane when I see one... I have been in many dangerous situations in the work I did, and did not bat an eyelid.. yet I come across a spider and I cringe. Yet I like looking at and taking their pictures... a bit like when a scary film is on.. you don't want to look but you still do.. :O)
As for the webs.. well they are another one of natures wonders, and look so good in the morning when the dew shines like beads of pearls from them.. Great shots Dee and a great post.

Willard said...

A good series on the spider webs. I am not a spider person either, but their webs are very photogenic.