Orb Weaver Spiders (Araneidae)

Spiders are not the favorites of many people, and most people tend to avoid them at all costs or exterminate them on sight.  However, closer examination finds that spiders are amazingly adapted to their lifestyle, and beyond proficient engineers — a prime example of which are the Araneidae family, or orb weaving spiders.

Orb Weaver spiders derive their name from the unmistakable orbital structure of their webs.  An engineering feat, the orbital webs are constructed with sticky silken threads intertwined with radii of non-sticky silk, usually culminating in a beautiful symmetry.  Lesser known is the fact that many of these spiders consume their web and rebuild it every day, the amount of energy and resources required to do this are taxing, and the spiders must often rest between consumption and rebuilding of their webs.

Not only are their webs spectacular, the many shapes, sizes, colors, and variations that orb weavers occur in are spectacular as well.  Making up approximately a quarter of the known species of spiders, orb weavers are fairly common, and occur over wide regions.

1.)  Spinybacked Orb Weaver

2.)  Long Horned Orb Weaver

3.)  Garden Orb Weaver

4.)  Golden Orb Weaver

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