The New York Times in the article How Do Spiders Spin Their Webs Across Great Distances? explains how spider webs manage to cover long distances. Spiders start their webs with a single strong strand called a bridge thread . The loose end of the strand depends on either gravity or a breeze to make contact with branch or other object. If the strand makes contact and attaches to another object the spider will use it to start building a web. If the strand does not make contact the spider may eat the strand and in effect recycle it for another attempt. Spiders sometimes leave a bridge thread overnight to mark their territory and mark a good starting spot for building tomorrow’s web. Read more at: How Do Spiders Spin Their Webs Across Great Distances? – NYTimes.com.
Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 6, 2012