Orb Weaving Spiders
|Orb Weavers are difficult to distinguish from other kinds of spiders that live in webs, especially cobweb spiders. The best way to tell the difference between orb weavers and cobweb spiders is by looking at the web itself:
the webs made by orb-weavers are very organized, and resemble a circular
grid like Charlotte's web.
The webs of cobweb spiders appear disorganized and messy. Orb
weavers have 8 eyes, and they usually have large spherical abdomens. Like
all spiders, orb weavers have 8 legs, 2 body parts, and fang-like mouthparts
Orb weavers are very common in Kansas, and can be found almost anywhere. They need weeds, fences, trees, walls, or other upright structures to build their webs. Orb weavers will eat almost anything small enough to get trapped in their webs, especially small insects and other spiders. Like most web-building spiders, orb weavers tend to have poor vision: they don't need to see very well to hunt because they can feel; whenever prey gets caught in their webs.
Orb-weaver spiders are considered beneficial to humans. They eat flies, mosquitoes, ants, and other pest insects. Although many can give a painful bite, no Kansas orb-weaver spiders are considered dangerous to humans (except to rare individuals who have severe allergic reactions to insect and spider bites).
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