Spider-Why a webmaster of web design?

Picture of a spider making it's web.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it is said.

That can well be stated of Mrs. Spider.

Usually when she happens to come in contact with human's she is greeted with kicks, brooms and flying objects.

Moreover her workmanship, one of the marvels of the “world of small things,” is termed a cobweb and brushed aside.

Of course, some humans do speak of the beauty of a dew-covered spider web at dawn.

And some do know that Mrs. Spider is normally mankind’s friend, helping to control the insect population and generally striving to stay out of human’s way.

But if more persons knew of her architectural ability, might not even more change their minds?

Despite her eight hairy legs and matronly figure, might they not see the beauty of her artistry?

Web Designs

Picture of water droplets revealing the web design of a spider.

At first glance many spider webs would appear to be little more than a jumble of thin threads.

But further examination will often reveal great ingenuity.

For example, Mrs. Platform Spider (it is always Mrs., as males do not spin webs) strings many “guy wires” in a crisscross pattern.

Below these she constructs a tightly woven silk sheet.

Flying insects hit the “wiring” and fall into the net below.

Others build a bow-shaped sheet; and yet others, a rounded dome under which the spider hides.

Captured insects are pulled through these sheets.

Then Mrs. Spider—often a very tidy housekeeper—repairs her silky “tablecloth.”

But not all webs are motionless traps.

One spider actually fashions a lasso.

This small, elastic web is pulled taut between the twigs of an evergreen tree and held in place by the “cowgirl” until some unsuspecting mosquito bumps into it.


She lets out some slack on her line and the web springs forward, entangling the intruder!

With a series of such snapping movements, the mosquito is thoroughly corralled.

While not all varieties of spiders construct webs, such designers are numerous among the more than 29,000 known kinds.

And yet, amidst them all, one “family” is considered distinctive, the artists par excellence.

They are the orb (or round) web weavers.

These, according to one authority,

“build the most beautiful and complicated of all webs.”