That is the point, after all. Spiders are nature's bug zappers. They can sense the difference between a breeze blowing through their web and a moth fluttering helplessly. They are incredible hunters, expert at stalking and pouncing. I would say they are the cats of the insect world. We were once amazed by a tiny jumping spider we found at a friend's house. It was no bigger than a sesame seed, but it followed the movement of my fingers, crept up to me and jumped as if it were the fiercest tiger.
All spiders produce silk, but they use it in different ways. Spider silk is an incredible material. It's clotting factors have been well known in folk medicine. Cobwebs have been used to pack serious wounds to slow blood loss. It's stronger than steel thread of the same thickness. Scientists have even consider making bulletproof vests from it. It is the versatile tool of this creative creature. Webbing can be sticky or non-sticky. Some spiders use it underground and build trapdoors to surprise their prey. Some have learned to fish. Some weave incredible orb webs. Webbing wraps their food for storage and protects their eggs.
And so another lesson for my series, You can Learn a lot from Watching Animals:
Remember to pack a lunch.
Author's note: I want to thank my factfinders, Marina and Chase, for contributing heavily to this edition. Apparently I'm not the only one in the family who is fascinated by spiders.