Hi, I’m back to talk about bugs. We are talking about the orb weaver spider today. This spider is named for it’s spooky bicycle-wheel shaped web. I read that in my cool Bug guide my mom got me on a trip. You can see how it catches dew drops in the picture above from our garden. Did you know that a strand of spider silk is stronger for its diameter (my mom says that means how thick it is) than steel? Guess how big the web usually is…go ahead, take a guess.
-is it as big as a cookie?
-is it as big as a dinner plate?
-is it as big as a large pizza?
If you said pizza, you are RIGHT! And this spider is actually not an insect- it is an arachnid. Arachnids have 8 legs. And insects only have 6 legs. Does that mean spiders are better dancers? We’ll leave that question unanswered.
they have eight eyes. Besides the legs, they also have these things at their mouth called pedipalps which helps them hold things. My mom and I love that word. Pedipalps, pedipalps, pedipalps. Maybe you can see them in the photo below.
So, I think the orb weaver spider is cool because it has so many interesting things about it. My favorite thing is that some of them eat their web and then rebuild it every day. Awesome. And that is all I have to say about that!