Story: Spiders and other arachnids

Wrapping up prey (3rd of 3)

Wrapping up prey

Spiders produce a variety of silk. Wrapping silk traps prey with glue droplets on the web. The spider then paralyses the insect with venom so it cannot escape. This may also stop it from drying out, so the spider can have a juicy meal, hours later.

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Simon Pollard, 'Spiders and other arachnids - Webs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 May 2022)

Story by Simon Pollard, published 24 Sep 2007