We’ve had a few spiders around la casa lately. And the graceful creature that I am, I often walk through their webs while out in the yard. Spiders belong to a set of beasties named arachnids. Scorpions, mites, and ticks are also part of the arachnid clan. Arachnids are beasties with two body segments, eight legs, no wings or antennae and are not able to chew.
Spiders also belong to an even larger group of animals called arthropods; which also include insects and crustaceans (lobster, crabs, shrimp, and barnacles). This group is the largest in the animal kingdom. About 80% of all animals are from this group, over a million different species. There are more than 30,000 diverse kinds of spiders.
The spiders around la casa build webs to catch prey, but there are lots of spiders who hunt, and they use their webs for other things. Spiders do not have great eyesight; they usually use the vibrations of the web strands to find their prey. When they do, they rush on over and wrap their victim in silk, turning it around and around until it is covered. Then the spider pokes its fangs into the insect and shoots poison into it, which turns its guts into liquid, the spider then sucks out the liquid. Kind of gross, but remember the movie The Fly? All I know is that some of those webs are pretty sticky, and some of them are full of dead buggies. I guess the spiders are eating well in the campo. And if eating well means the buggie population is reduced, they are more than welcome in el jardin.